July 2, 2012 —
Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Tayong Jackson, 32, of Brooklyn, N.Y. was sentenced in Sullivan County Court to 6 ½ years in state prison and 5 years of post release supervision for his role in the gang assault and slashing of another man in a Liberty bar back in September of 2010.
Jackson had previously entered a guilty plea to Gang Assault in the 2nd Degree and admitted to participating in an assault on Jamie Arroyo, 35, in the Pub Bar with Amin Junior, aka “OCK”, age 31, of Liberty, N.Y. Junior was tried before a Sullivan County jury and was convicted of Gang Assault and Assault in the 2nd Degree, both felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, also a felony, in September of 2011.
Junior was sentenced to a total of 5 years in prison and 5 years of post-release supervision. Arroyo suffered serious physical injury including a seven inch laceration on the right side of his face resulting in approximately 46 stitches and medical treatment at Catskill Regional Medical Center and a permanent scar to his face. The victim’s face was cut with a piece of glass used as a weapon.
Village of Liberty police detectives investigated the case and using a surveillance video from the bar and were able to identify Junior and Jackson and are currently still actively searching for one other man involved in the gang assault.
Liberty detectives were assisted by Monticello Police, Fallsburg Police and the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. DNA evidence was key in the apprehension and prosecution of Jackson as his DNA linked him to the crime scene of the gang assault. Jackson’s DNA was in the state DNA database due to previous felony convictions for Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, in New York County in 2009.
“The DNA database is a critical law enforcement tool that has yielded very important evidence to establish guilt and that is why the expansion of the database by Gov. Cuomo’s recent initiative and the securing of DNA from all persons convicted of crimes, both misdemeanor and felony, will serve to protect the public and ensure that we hold criminal offenders accountable.”, Farrell said.
Jackson was also sentenced to 2 years in state prison and 3 years of post release supervision, that sentence to run concurrently with the gang assault term, for the possession of 54 packets of heroin in the Town of Fallsburg that occurred in April of 2011. Jackson was with Junior and a third man, Ahkiem Brown, in a motor vehicle when stopped by the Fallsburg Police and the heroin was discovered. Brown has also entered a guilty plea to the heroin possession and is pending sentencing in County Court.
Regarding the gang assault Farrell said “this was an unprovoked attack on one man by three others and the victim was slashed in the face and seriously injured. This type of violent behavior cannot be tolerated and my office and the police will seek to make sure that people who engage in this type of behavior are held accountable and we will continue the investigation into the third perpetrator.”