Brooklyn, NY – Six months after he was found guilty of gang assault for the 2013 early morning beating of a black man, a Williamsburg resident has been sentenced to four years in prison.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2m5DdXx)24 year old Mayer Herskovic was convicted of gang assault, first degree unlawful imprisonment and menacing in the beating of aspiring fashion designer Taj Paterson as he walked down Flushing Avenue in Willamsburg at approximately 4:40 AM on December 1st.
Charges were dropped against two of the five men arrested in connection with the incident which left the victim blind in one eye. Of the remaining three, only Herskovic chose to stand trial and face his accuser, while two others accepted a plea deal that left them serving three years probation, performing 150 hours of community service and paying restitution to Paterson.
Herskovic was expected to be sentenced in January, but according to New York Post reports (http://nyp.st/2nvX2Ep), his attorney asked for sentencing to be delayed saying that his client was experiencing “serious” medical issues and was expected to undergo surgery.
Daily News reporter Christina Carrega tweeted the Herskovic verdict late this morning, noting that Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun could have imposed a sentence as lengthy as 15 years in the case.
According to Carrega, Herskovic is being released pending an appeal filed this morning by his attorney.