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‘Law & Order’ actor Isaiah Stokes charged with murder

‘Law & Order’ actor Isaiah Stokes charged with murder

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The actor, charged with second-degree murder for shooting a man inside his vehicle, can face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted

Actor Isaiah Stokes, known for appearing on legal drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and period drama series Boardwalk Empire, was indicted by a Queens grand jury in New York City for second-degree murder.

The incident happened on February 7, 2021 when Stokes was accused of fatally shooting a man in broad daylight in Jamaica, Queens. 

In a press release issued on Friday, July 16, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said “the defendant is accused of unloading nearly eleven shots during this brazen afternoon shooting.”

“Gun violence is all too prevalent in our neighborhoods. We will not allow it to become the norm,” she added.

Stokes was arraigned before Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder on a three-count indictment, charging him with second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

In video surveillance footage, Stokes was seen at around 2:45 pm exiting from a vehicle before approaching the side window of 37-year-old Tyrone Jones’ Jeep Grand Cherokee. Stokes then allegedly pulled out a gun and fired 11 bullets into the car, hitting Jones, who died from his injuries. No official motive behind the shooting has been reported.

If convicted on all charges, the 41-year-old television actor faces up to 25 years to life in prison. He is scheduled to appear in court again on July 19.

Born in Queens and raised in South Jamaica, Stokes has had principal roles in a number of popular television shows such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me, The Americans, Power, and Louie– with reports from John Patrick Magno Ranara/Rappler.com

John Patrick Magno Ranara is a Rappler intern.

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