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BRONX, NEW YORK, June 13- District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced the indictment and arrest of a New York City Police Officer for the shooting death last Winter of Ramarley Graham, an 18-year-old unarmed civilian.
The grand jury charged Police Officer Richard Haste, 31, with one count of manslaughter in the first degree, a Class B felony offense, and one count of manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony offense. Conviction of the most serious Class B felony charge is punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 25 years imprisonment. If Haste is found guilty of the less serious Class C felony offense, the maximum sentence allowed by law would be no more than 15 years imprisonment.
Haste, a Bronx resident assigned to the 47th Precinct, was arraigned before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Martin Marcus. The judge set bail at $50,000 cash or bond and adjourned the case to Thursday, September 13, 2012 in State Supreme Court Part 60.
Ramarley Graham was shot to death in a bathroom in his home on East 229th Street on February 2, 2012.
The indictment alleges that Haste “caused the death… while acting with intent to cause serious physical injury (to Ramarley Graham) by shooting him.” The grand jury also alleges that the defendant had acted “recklessly” in causing Graham’s death.
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
District Attorney Johnson thanked the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, the 47th Precinct Detective Squad, Bronx District Attorney Detective Investigators, Assistant District Attorney Peter Kennedy and Senior Trial Assistant District Attorneys Donald Levin and Nancy Borko for their work on the exhaustive four-month-long investigation that resulted in this indictment.
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Assistant District Attorney Donald Levin and Assistant District Attorney Peter Kennedy of the Investigations Division.