- Last Updated: 1:15 AM, June 26, 2012
- Posted: 1:15 AM, June 26, 2012
A career thug will serve at least 18 years in prison for masterminding the 2003 strangulation death and robbery of an African immigrant who sold bootleg DVDs and CDs in Midtown.
Jallow Sullayman, 39, died face down on the floor of his Fifth Avenue outlet back in the days before the easy downloading of music and movies, when bootleg discs were a lucrative — but dangerous — underground business.
Jamel Williams, 33, hatched the deadly plan to rob Sullayman of his illegal inventory at gunpoint, a jury found yesterday.
Williams, who has a lengthy drug, weapons and counterfeiting record, went to prison after the verdict protesting his innocence. But the judge called the evidence overwhelming.
“This was a horrible end of life, and this defendant, the jury found, was part of it, and I have no doubt was part of it,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholtz said.
Williams’ two co-defendants testified against him, cutting years off their own prospective sentences.