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Queens Man Convicted of 'Execution Style' Murder 26 Years Later, DA Says

By Kathleen Culliton | November 23, 2016 3:49pm | Updated on November 24, 2016 3:08pm

QUEENS — A man who shot another man in the back of the head was found guilty of an "execution-style" murder 26 years later, the Queens District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Kevin Smith, 57, shot 45-year-old Frank Sestak in a Dodge station wagon parked on the Grand Central Parkway near 68th Avenue on Feb. 8, 1990, the DA said.

Smith pulled out a revolver and shot Sestak — who had been driving the station wagon — from the back seat moments after the car came to a stop, according to the DA. 

He then jumped out of the car and fired more shots through the driver’s side window that hit Sestak in the neck, head and shoulders, the DA said.

The passenger in the front seat, 47-year-old David Hammerstone, also shot at Sestak, who died with bullets lodged in his skull, brain, spine and lungs, according to the DA.

Hammerstone pleaded guilty to manslaughter in October 2016 and Smith was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday, according to the DA’s office.

Smith and Hammerstone face up to 12 and 25 years in prison respectively and are expected to sentenced in Queens Supreme Court in December and January, according to the DA.

“Justice eluded the family of the victim for more than 25 years,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “The defendant will likely be locked away for the rest of his life.”

Smith’s attorney was not immediately available to comment.