BROOKLYN — An 18-year-old Red Hook man was sentenced to 24 years to life in prison after he was part of group that fatally shot a man in the head on the streets of Williamsburg, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced Friday.
Tyheim Smith, of Red Hook, and three other men followed Tryone Woods, 33, after he got off a B46 bus at Broadway and Marcy Avenue while holding a shopping bag on his way home on April 27, 2015.
The group approached Woods near South Ninth Street and Bedford Avenue, forced him to the ground at gunpoint, hit him in the back of the head with the weapon and then shot him, according to the Brooklyn DA.
“This defendant was part of a group that targeted an innocent man to rob and then needlessly and tragically took his life,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “This defendant has now been held accountable for the choices he made that night and we are determined to bring to justice his co-defendants, who are presently awaiting trial.”
Surveillance videos captured the shooting.
The four men dropped the murder weapon after the attack, but some of them later returned to retrieve it.
Smith was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder and first-degree attempted robbery by a jury and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to court records.
He was sentenced by Judge Alexander B. Jeong in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Friday
His three codefendants — Tylik Albright, 18, Malik Francis, 19, and Dominic Norris, 19 — were all also charged with murder and were expected to go on trial an late January.
Smith's lawyer did not respond to an immediate request for comment.