Botched Robbery And Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty


By Christina Carrega

A Woodhaven man is expected to be sentenced this month to 18 years in prison for his role in the murder of a Bangladeshi political leader.

Nestor Rodriguez was heading to a jury trial on Tuesday for his role in the murder and robbery trial in Queens Supreme Court, but opted to plead guilty to the crime before a jury was selected.

Rodriguez, 25, and co-defendant Carlos Genno, 26, were indicted for choking and beating 55-year-old Nazmul Islam to death on a street in Ozone Park in July 2014.

Islam worked as a yellow cab driver and was also the vice president of the U.S. chapter of the Awami League, relatives told at the time of the attack.

Rodriguez is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 23 by Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Schwartz.

Genno’s case is still pending and he is expected back in court on Jan. 28 in front of Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise. If convicted, Genno faces 25 years to life in prison.