Brooklyn, NY – Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the sentencing of Eion Klass, 36, to 35 years in prison for killing a liquor store clerk during an attempted robbery. He pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree and Attempted Robbery in the First Degree on January 10. The sentence for these two crimes was 25 years and 10 years respectively, to run consecutively for the total of 35 years.
In an unrelated case, Klass pled guilty to Robbery in the Second Degree on January 10 for assaulting and robbing the husband of an ex-girlfriend. In that case, he was sentenced today to 10 years in prison.
The sentences for the two separate crimes will run concurrent. He was sentenced before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog.
On August 19, 2010, while Klass was on parole, he walked into a Midwood liquor store, wearing a mask and armed with a gun. He attempted to rob the liquor store when clerk, Yoseph Robinson, tried to stop Klass as he was stealing jewelry from Robinson’s girlfriend, who was in the store visiting Robinson. Robinson, who converted to Orthodox Judaism over ten years ago, was shot and killed during the struggle. Klass was arrested the following week after police received information from an NYPD tip line.
In an earlier, unrelated incident, on June 28, 2010, Klass approached Patrick Walters and struck him in the head with a blunt object. When the victim was on the ground, Klass and another individual then repeatedly kicked Walters in the face and body, and stole his chain and cell phone. The victim suffered a concussion and was rushed to Kings County Hospital.
Robinson was a former hip-hop record executive but later converted to Orthodox Judaism and kept a very religious life style. In 2010 Hundreds of Orthodox Jews attended Robinsons funeral outside the Shomrei Hadas Chapel in Borough Park.