QUEENS, NY — A man who shot a UPS driver in the stomach out of anger for his parking lot job in 2020 has pleaded guilty to attempted murder more than two years later, prosecutors announced Thursday.
Jahsheen Osbourne, 21, could spend 17 years in prison for the unprovoked shooting, which left the driver with “extensive internal damage”, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
“The prevalence of the use of illegal firearms to resolve disputes has led to a myriad of senseless shootings, including this one that could easily have cost the victim his life,” said prosecutor Melinda Katz.
“The driver was only doing his job when he was seriously injured due to the defendant’s impatience.”
On the afternoon of Jan. 14, 2020, the driver, a 15-year UPS veteran, momentarily halted traffic on a street in Woodhaven as he attempted to parallel park a UPS truck, prosecutors said. .
Osbourne, who at the time was sitting in the passenger seat of a stolen Mercedes Benz stuck behind the truck, became upset at the wait and began yelling at the UPS driver, prompting the worker to get out of the truck. truck and engage in a verbal argument, according to the prosecutor.
As the driver of the Mercedes Benz maneuvered the car past the truck, Osbourne pulled out a gun and shot the UPS worker in the stomach, the DA said.
The driver began bleeding from his stomach and lost consciousness, but was rushed to hospital and underwent life-saving surgery, prosecutors said.
Osbourne wasn’t arrested until October of that year – nearly nine months after the shooting – when police caught up to him outside his home, the Queens Post reported.
At the time, the South Jamaican resident was charged with marijuana and felony weapons, according to the Queens Post.
He was also charged with grand larceny in a separate indictment for stealing the Mercedes Benz hours before the shooting, the DA said.
More than a year after his arrest, Osbourne pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of attempted murder, robbery and felony weapons; a plea agreement reached during jury selection for his trial, which satisfies all of his existing indictments, prosecutors said.
Supreme Court Justice Ira Margulis is expected to sentence Osbourne to 17 years in prison at a May 19 hearing, according to the DA.