HIGH RANKING ‘BLOODS’ GANG MEMBER CONVICTED OF ASSAULT IN
DEADLY BEATING THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A FELLOW INMATE ON
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced today that a ‘Bloods’ gang
member with a long record of felony convictions has been found guilty of gang assault and other
offenses stemming from the brutal beating of a fellow inmate on Rikers Island.
Amir Douglas, 33, was found guilty on one count of Gang Assault in the 1st degree and two counts of Assault in the 2nd degree in the fatal beating of Tyreece Abney, 21, on October 3,
2004. Douglas had also been charged with Manslaughter in the 1st degree, however, the jury
found him not guilty.
Acting State Supreme Court Justice Seth Marvin set sentencing for Thursday, April 26,
2007 in Part T-27. Douglas, with two prior violent felony convictions, is facing a maximum
sentence of up to 25 years to life imprisonment if he is sentenced as a mandatory persistent
violent felony offender. Douglas was convicted of Attempted Assault in the 1st degree for
slashing an inmate with a razor in 1993 and was found guilty of Attempted Robbery in the 2nd
degree two years later in 1995.
The fatal beating at the center of this most recent conviction occurred in a corridor of a
housing unit at the George Motchen Detention Center at the City Jail on Rikers Island, where the
victim was awaiting transfer to a drug treatment program. The jury found that Douglas assaulted
Abney in two separate incidents. In the first incident, Douglas and two other inmates struck,
punched and kicked Abney to the floor after Correction Officers expressed concern that Abney
was becoming a “discipline problem in the unit.” The second assault occurred a short while later
as Abney was being moved to another housing area for his own protection. Abney was being
escorted away when he tried to punch another inmate prompting Douglas and several others to
retaliate. Douglas straddled Abbey’s chest and punched his face and head numerous times
before smashing the victim’s head into the floor repeatedly. The Medical Examiner determined
that Abbey’s death was caused by multiple blunt force trauma. At the time of the attack, Douglas
was being held on Rikers Island on a Manhattan homicide charge for which he subsequently was
Two other defendants pled guilty last year for their roles in the deadly assault.
Christopher Morales was sentenced to a term of 3 to 9 years for Manslaughter in the 2nd degree.
Adrian Santiago was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for Assault in the 2nd degree.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys James Goward and Jacob
Kaplan of the Rackets Bureau.