Woodhaven man convicted of 2014 murder

By David Brand

A 40-year-old Woodhaven man was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday for the 2014 shooting death of a man in Briarwood.

A Queens jury returned the guilty verdict in the retrial of Sherman Manning, whose first trial resulted in a hung jury after nearly two weeks of deliberations in November 2018. The jury determined that Manning shot and killed Brendan Santiago while Santiago was riding a moped in the vicinity of 108th Street and 103rd Avenue on April 19, 2014.

Santiago lay in the street before he was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died.

“This was another senseless act of violence. A 20-year-old man was killed. The unsuspecting victim was shot once in the head and left for dead in the streets of a residential neighborhood in Queens,” said Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Ira Margulis presided at trial and will sentence Manning on June 4.

Manning faces up to 25 years to life prison.