Former Queens nightclub owner, bouncer guilty in
A former nightclub
owner and bouncer have been convicted in the
14-year-old killing of a patron.
Vishnudatt Nisthalal, who owned the
Juanchito Bar, and Rasheen Sweeney, who worked there, were
convicted by a jury on Friday of second-degree murder,
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown's office
The men, both 48, each face up to 25
years to life in prison when they are sentenced Jan. 16.
Nisthalal ordered Sweeney and
another bouncer to take Yamile Alberto Puentes, a patron
at the Jackson Heights bar one night in January 1993,
outside and kill him, prosecutors said. A week earlier,
Puentes had come on to a woman he didn't know was
Nisthalal's girlfriend, prosecutors said.
Puentes, 24, was forced out of the
bar at gunpoint, taken down the block and shot once in the
head, they said.
The second bouncer, who
investigators believe pulled the trigger, hasn't been
Nisthalal and Sweeney were arrested
in 2004 after a disc jockey who had worked at the
Juanchito Bar saw Nisthalal at a coin-operated laundry and
went to police. The DJ told investigators he had overhead
Nisthalal order the bouncers to kill Puentes and had seen
them force him out of the bar, prosecutors said.
The district attorney said, "Justice
was delayed in this case but not denied."
Vishnudatt and Sweeney had denied
the charges against them.