Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced Tuesday, March 26 that Genghis Khan (DOB 06/01/89) of 1008 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, New York was found guilty following a jury trial of:
One count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class “A-II” Felony
One count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a Violation
On April 30, 2012, at approximately 4:40 p.m., Khan was traveling on the New York State Thruway (I-87) in the Town of Clarkstown. During a traffic stop, state troopers found the defendant in possession of approximately five ounces of cocaine. The defendant was also found to be in possession of marijuana.
Khan’s jury trial began on February 25, 2013 before the Honorable William K. Nelson. He was convicted today following ten days of deliberations. Following the verdict, the defendant was remanded.
Khan faces a maximum sentence of 17 years in state prison when he is sentenced on July 16, 2013.
One of his co-defendants in the Rockland case is from Rutland and a third from a nearby Vermont town. Co-defendant Shawna Barrier pled guilty to UPM (Unlawful Possession of Marihuana) and charges are still pending against Alex Spanos of Rutland, who has yet to be indicted.
Spanos is facing worse problems: he is up on murder charges for causing the death of 17-year-old Carly Ferro of Rutland, VT in a car crash, allegedly while high from huffing “dust-off.”
Senior Assistant District Attorney Maria T. DeSimone and Assistant District Attorney Patrick Fischer prosecuted the case.
Genghis Khan, of course, is also the name of the Mongolian conqueror who controlled much of the known world in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.
It is not known at this time if the name is the perpetrator’s given name, or if he changed it to Genghis Khan in honor of the historical figure, whom some geneticists believe has over 16 million living male descendants.
Khan–the one from Brooklyn–had been charged with selling crack in 2010, in Rutland, Vt. It appears Khan would transport cocaine between Brooklyn and Vermont, however police did not charge him with attempted sale in this case.
Weapons charges were filed against Khan in April–the newspaper awaits information on whether those charges were dropped. The police had found a revolver in the car when the perps were initially pulled over.