Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that Dwayne Dailey has been sentenced to 100 years to life in prison for murdering 17-year-old Edwin Mejia Alvarado and shooting three of his friends as they sat in a car behind the La Boom nightclub in Westbury. Dailey mistook Alvarado for a member of a rival gang, murdering him and seriously wounding the three other men in the car.
In June, Dailey, 23, of Hempstead, was convicted of murder – 2nd degree; three counts of attempted murder – 2nd degree; three counts of assault – 1st degree; and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon – 2nd degree.
According to Rice, at about 11 p.m. Feb. 17, 2008, Alvarado and three friends were leaving La Boom nightclub, located inside the former Don Juan Mexican restaurant on Old Country Road in Westbury. Earlier in the evening a disturbance involving club patrons resulted in the ejection of two people from the club. During the altercation, word spread of the incident to individuals outside of the club that the two people ejected were members of the MS-13 street gang. One of those individuals was Dailey; Alvarado and his friends are not gang members.
Dailey, a member of the Bloods gang, and another man, Olban Gonzales, 20, of Roosevelt, arrived at the club in response to telephone calls from friends describing the earlier altercation. Mistaking Alvarado and his friends for the people said to be MS-13 gang members who had been escorted out of the club, the two assailants followed the teens to their vehicle, before eventually opening fire on the parked Honda sedan. Alvarado was killed, while the three others suffered serious injuries. They have since recovered, but all are permanently disabled. Gonzales, a member of the 18th Street gang, is awaiting trial on identical charges.
“This cold-blooded execution demanded the maximum prison sentence, and I am glad to know that this man will never again see the light of day,” Rice said. “I hope Mr. Alvarado’s family and the other victims of this tragedy can take some solace in that.”
Bureau Chief Mitch Benson and Assistant District Attorney Anna Acquafredda, both of the Major Offense Bureau, are handling the case for the DA’s Office. The defendant is represented by Arshad Majid, Esq.