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Former MTA employee gets 23 years for shooting correction officer

MTA maintenance worker arrested in shooting death of NYC correction officer
Posted at 3:08 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 15:15:32-05

QUEENS — A former MTA maintenance worker has been sentenced to 23 years in prison in connection with the 2018 shooting death of an off-duty NYC correction officer in Queens, according to District Attorney Melinda Katz.

Gifford Hunter, 31, plead guilty to manslaughter in the first degree back in December. He was accused of shooting Jonathan Narain, 27, while he was inside his car at a traffic light in the corner of 103rd Avenue and 120th Street in South Richmond Hill on September 14.

According to authorities Narain, who was employed at Rikers Island for about two years, was on his way to work when he stopped for food and conversed with a motorcyclist.

Police did not know what they two argued about prior to the shooting.

At the traffic light, the motorcyclist pulled up to Narain’s vehicle and shot him once in the head, according to police.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

PIX11 News' Kristine Garcia contributed to this story.