QUEENS — Two former Queens residents who fatally stabbed a 41-year-old father of two after a 2010 verbal spat erupted into violence were sentenced to "lengthy" prison terms, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Thursday.
Baljit Singh, 55, formerly of 88-32 239th St. in Bellerose, was sentenced Wednesday by
Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak to 22 years in prison. Ranjit Singh, 44, was sentenced to nine years in prison. The two defendants are not related.
Baljit Singh was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 2010; Ranjit Singh, formerly of 98-18 Springfield Blvd. in Queens Village, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in June 2011.
The two men stabbed James Lizon of Jersey City to death with a kitchen knife about 1:40 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2011 at the home of Baljit Singh. The violence broke out after Lizon objected to the "derogatory manner" that Baljit Singh was treating his girlfriend, according to prosecutors.
During the argument, Ranjit Singh went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, then stabbed Lizon once in the chest. Then Baljit Singh stabbed Lizon in the neck. Lizon died at the scene.
"A father of two senselessly died when the defendants chose to escalate a verbal argument to a physical altercation, each of them stabbing the victim once and causing his death," Brown said in a statement. "The convictions and sentences are a measure of justice for the victim's friends and family."