Brooklyn Man Sentenced in 2015 Killing of Sheet Metal Worker

A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 33 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a 53-year-old sheet metal worker who confronted him while he was breaking into cars.

Twenty-two-year-old Bryan Aponte was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of murder, attempted murder and assault in the October 2015 death of Michael Matusiak.

Prosecutors say Aponto fired at the victim and another worker after they approached him as he broke into cars in East Williamsburg. Matusiak was struck in the chest and buttock. The other worker was wounded in the torso and a 13-year-old girl was hit in the hip by a stray bullet as she walked to school.

Matusiak died at the scene. The other victims were treated and released.

Aponte's lawyer argued that witnesses identified the wrong man.

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