Bed-Stuy Man Convicted of Killing Live-In Boyfriend

By Paul DeBenedetto on August 1, 2014 3:05pm 

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 Devineil Brown, 27, was convicted of killing live-in boyfriend Shaun Woolford in 2012.
Devineil Brown Convicted of Killing Boyfriend in Bed-Stuy
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BROOKLYN — A Bed-Stuy man was convicted of murdering his ex-boyfriend inside the Gates Avenue apartment they shared in 2012, the district attorney's office announced on Thursday.

Shaun Woolford, 31, was found stabbed and beaten to death in his fourth-floor apartment inside the Stuyvesant Gardens Houses at 885 Gates Ave. just after 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2012.

The next day, police arrested Woolford's former live-in boyfriend, Devineil Brown, and charged him with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Brown, 27, was sentenced to 25 years to life after his July 16 conviction, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said.

Officials said Brown stabbed Woolford 19 times during an argument about their breakup. The two dated for seven years and Woolford was preparing to move out when Brown attacked him, according to Thompson.

“The defendant took the life of a promising young man in a particularly wanton case of domestic violence," Thompson said in a statement.

"Today’s sentence appropriately punishes him. We will pursue full justice for brutality that takes place behind closed doors.”

Brown's attorney Frederick Spiegel on Friday said he would appeal the decision.

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