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J'Ouvert Shooter Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for 2014 Killing, DA Says

 Derek Goodings, 28, pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Michael Sampson, 55, during the 2014 J'Ouvert celebration.
Derek Goodings, 28, pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Michael Sampson, 55, during the 2014 J'Ouvert celebration.
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Brooklyn District Attorney

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn man who shot two men — one fatally — during the 2014 J'Ouvert celebration in Crown Heights was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Friday.

Derek Goodings, 28, of Crown Heights, pleaded guilty in January to first-degree manslaughter for the killing of Michael Sampson, 55, who had been attending the pre-dawn celebration on Labor Day when Goodings fatally shot him in the chest.

Goodings also shot another man who survived, as well as an unmarked police car occupied by an officer, prosecutors said.

Brooklyn Supreme Court judge Vincent Del Giudice on Friday afternoon sentenced Goodings to 24 years in prison with five years post-release supervision, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said.

The 2014 shooting marked the first of three years in which deadly shootings marred the annual J’Ouvert celebrations.

In 2015, a gang-related shooting killed reveler Carey Gabay, an attorney and aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In 2016, two separate shootings on the J’Ouvert parade route killed two young people — 17-year-old Tyreke Borel and 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau.

Following the violence this year, some called for J'Ouvert to be canceled, but the idea was quickly quashed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said the "very important" celebration will go on this year.