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Posted on: December 7, 2022

Elmont Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Hempstead Shooting

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Floyd McNeil was found guilty of Attempted Murder, Assault, and weapons charges in June

MINEOLA, N. Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly announced an Elmont Man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for a September 2019 shooting in Hempstead.

Floyd McNeil, 26, was convicted after a jury trial in June 2022 before Judge Howard Sturim of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (a B violent felony); Assault in the First Degree (a B violent felony); Criminal Use of a Firearm (a B violent felony); and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (a C violent felony). The defendant was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison and five years’ post release supervision.

“Floyd McNeil shot Malachi Blaylock multiple times in the back at point-blank range with a high-caliber weapon. As Blaylock tried to flee with several gunshot wounds, the defendant gave chase to finish the job,” said DA Donnelly. “Floyd McNeil, without question, had an intent to kill. He will now spend decades in prison paying for this violent crime.”

DA Donnelly said on September 15, 2019, at approximately 6:56 a.m., in front of the entrance to 100 Terrace Avenue near Bedell Street, the defendant shot victim 28-year-old Malachi Blaylock four times in the back with a .45 caliber weapon. After he was struck, the victim ran from the scene and McNeil pursued him, continuing to fire his weapon at the victim in the middle of the street. 

McNeil then fled to 11 Bedell Street, around the corner from the scene of the crime, and left the area in an Uber vehicle. 

The victim was taken to NYU Langone Hospital – Long Island, suffered serious physical injuries, and underwent multiple surgeries. He continues to have reduced physical function and recuring pain as a result of his injuries.

McNeil was arrested by members of the Nassau County Police Department in Hempstead on September 24, 2019. 

McNeil is also facing charges of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony); Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (a B violent felony); Attempted Assault in the First Degree (a C violent felony); and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (a C violent felony) in connection with the November 28, 2020, shooting death of 21-year-old Taffarie Haugton at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Freeport. If convicted of the top charge in that case, McNeil faces a sentence of 50 years to life in prison.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Brian Rodriguez of the Narcotics, Firearms, & Gangs Bureau prosecuted the case. McNeil is represented by Don Rollock, Esq.    

The charges in the defendant’s open case are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.


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