Brooklyn Men Plead Guilty In 1989 Bed-Stuy Murder Case: Feds

BED-STUY, BROOKLYN – Two Brooklyn men are sentenced to 20 years in prison for their involvement in a decade-old murder case, prosecutors said this week.

William Skinner and Dorian Brooks – also known as “Kool-Aid” – pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug charges related to the 1989 murder of Efren Cardenas, who was shot more than 20 times on Herkimer Street, prosecutors said Manhattan’s Southern District with.

Skinner and Brooks were accused of shooting Cardenas to get their cocaine trade going. According to the prosecutor, they aimed to distribute more than five kilograms of the drug.

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“Today William Skinner and Dorian Brooks admitted their involvement in the murder of Efren Cardenas over three decades ago, in February 1989,” said US Attorney Damian Williams. “Today’s confessions of guilt show that no matter how long it takes to get justice, law enforcement officials will never give up on murder victims and their loved ones.”

Prosecutors originally charged three men, including Skinner and Brooks, in 2019. They did not mention the status of the trial against the third man, Luis Merced, in their announcement of the guilty admission on Wednesday.

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Skinner and Brooks each pledged charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack with a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, prosecutors said.

They are due to be convicted in 2022.

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