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Hollis Burglar Sentenced

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A Long Island man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the May 2016 armed burglary in Hollis Hall after pleading guilty to second degree burglary, according to the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

The 22-year-old Mustafa Godbolt of North Babylon was given his sentence July 12. Brown said that, according to court records, Godbolt entered Hollis Hall after 1 p.m. on May 11, 2016, forced his way into one of the dorm rooms and demanded money from the occupants inside. When one student said there was no money, Godbolt pulled out a black revolver and fired once at a wall.

There were no injuries from the incident and Godbolt was apprehended a short distance from campus at 167th Street and Grand Central Parkway.

“In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to the armed burglary of a dorm room at St. John’s University in the middle of the afternoon. Forcing his way into campus housing, the defendant fired once. It is fortunate that no one was injured during this brazen act,” Brown said. “The defendant will now be incarcerated as punishment for this crime and to protect society.”

While there are two alleged co-defendants, Anthony Gusthas and Tyrell Sutton, who were also charged, their cases are still pending, according to Brown.

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Isabella Bruni
Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor
Isabella Bruni is a senior journalism major with a minor in Italian and International Studies. Isabella hopes to maintain the Torch’s vast news coverage and increase its online presence all while focusing on managing the business side of the newspaper and building relationships with advertisers. She has been part of the Torch since her freshman year starting as a copy editor, becoming chief copy editor her sophomore year and then news editor her junior year. Have any questions? Email Isabella at [email protected] or [email protected] 
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