Shooter who fled to Miami sentenced for fatal Ozone Park home invasion

By Jonathan Sperling

A Brooklyn man who fatally shot an Ozone Park father as he got his daughter dressed for school was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison by a Queens judge Tuesday.

Freddie Salgado, 41, was convicted of shooting and killing 50-year-old Frankie Nieves during a botched home invasion on Peconic Street in January 2016. Nieves had been helping his then-5-year-old daughter get dressed for school when Salgado entered the home and fatally shot him in the chest.

After the shooting, Salgado fled New York City to Miami and managed to avoid arrest for several weeks, prosecutors said. Justice Richard Buchter sentenced Salgado to 25 years to life on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree assault.

“This kind of lawless gun violence will not be tolerated in our neighborhoods. A jury weighed all the evidence and convicted the defendant, who is going to prison for a very long time,” Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said in a statement following the sentencing.