Man sentenced to 15 years to life for murder of South Slope business owner

A 26-year-old-man who fatally mowed down a business owner who attempted to stop him from stealing a truck in South Slope was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Wednesday, December 13.

According to Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, at around 9 a.m. on April 4, 2016, the defendant, Joshua Colon, got into the driver’s seat of a flatbed truck parked in front of A&D Ironworks (305 24th Street) and began driving away. Meanwhile, Felize Dellegrazie, 63, owner of A&D Ironworks as well as the truck, gave chase in an SUV.

Several blocks later, Colon became stuck in traffic and Dellegrazie left his SUV, climbed onto the side of truck and demanded that Colon turn the engine off and leave the truck. Colon fought back, pushing Dellegrazie off of the truck. Colon then drove over the victim’s head and neck, killing him. The defendant was arrested later after he abandoned the truck and tried to steal another vehicle.

 Photo courtesy of Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez's office

Photo courtesy of Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez's office

“This defendant not only ripped an innocent, hardworking man from his children and family, but also robbed the community and his employees of a beloved colleague and friend. Today’s sentence will not heal his loved ones’ wounds, but I hope it will provide them with a small measure of solace,” Gonzalez said in a statement.

Colon was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog.

This article originally appeared in the Brooklyn Reporter.