A Westchester man is going to spend more than a decade behind bars following his sentencing for misfiring his gun, missing his intended target, and striking a 4-year-old girl in the leg while he was a teenager.
Yonkers resident Floyd Bruce, now 21, was sentenced in Westchester County Court to 15 years in prison following his guilty plea last year. Bruce pleaded guilty on June 8 last year to felony counts of robbery, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He had faced up to 25 years for his conviction.
According to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., shortly after 5:15 on Saturday, July 16, 2016, Bruce produced a handgun and shot several rounds into a crowd of people on Willow Street in Yonkers, a block from Columbus Park.
The intended victim - an 18-year-old man in the crowd - was grazed on the ankle, while another struck the girl in her leg while she walked with her mother.
Bruce proceeded to flee the scene, while his victim was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated and released after several days.
Less than two weeks later, Bruce and Lamont McLean - who is also facing criminal charges - were on Palisades Avenue, armed with handguns, when they approached two men in a parked car. Scarpino said that they proceeded to rob both men at gunpoint and then ran from the scene.
The following day, both Bruce and McLean were arrested by police in Yonkers. At the time of Bruce’s arrest, police reported that they recovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was matched to the July 16 shooting following a ballistic test on the weapon.
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