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A man hiding out in Jamaica was sentenced to 25 years to life on Tuesday for the 1997 shooting death of a Bushwick teenager.

Michael Keating, 45, was convicted of second-degree murder last month in a jury trial.

Back in 1997, Keating was a drug dealer who accused the victim’s friend of taking over his turf, according to the Brooklyn DA’s office. Keating opened fire on the man, who ran away, and he then shot John Eric Ogaldez, 16, in the back and stomach, leaving him to die between two parked cars on a Bushwick street.

Keating fled to Jamaica, and was extradited back to the U.S. in 2013.


“The defendant was on the run for over 10 years thinking he got away with murder and cowardly living his life on the island of Jamaica. With this long prison sentence, the defendant will have plenty of time to think about the lives he destroyed, including his own,” Brooklyn DA KenThompson said in a statement.

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