Brighton Beach man gets 19 years for fatally shooting friend

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A Brighton Beach man who fatally shot his friend in the chest in 2015 was sentenced to 19 years in prison on Feb. 1.

Jeffrey McCrae shot and killed Natik Nissimov on Ocean Parkway near Avenue P on March 24, 2015, according to the district attorney’s office.

“This defendant showed a total disregard for human life when he fatally shot his friend to death,” said district attorney Eric Gonzalez.

McCrae was convicted on Dec. 11 of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. On top of the nearly two-decade sentence, he will also be supervised for a further five years following his release.

Emergency personnel found Nissimov unresponsive in the street following the shooting and brought him to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had been shot at least once directly in the chest.

The shooting followed the stabbing of a mutual friend of McCrae and Nissimov earlier in the night of Nissimov’s death, according to the district attorney’s office, and McCrae had said he saw Nissimov pass a knife to the stabber. The district attorney’s office, however, said evidence indicated Nissimov had nothing to do with said stabbing.

McCrae was arrested in June 2015 for an unrelated grand larceny charge, and later confessed to the shooting in a video statement.

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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Words from Meaning says:
I think that when he fatally shot the guy, they effectively stop being friends.
Feb. 5, 2018, 7:17 pm
John branson from Brooklyn heights says:
He should get life.
I met Natik, he worked with our firm, very nice and funny guy.

How can the DA only get a 19 Years for a confessed premeditated killing?

The incompetencey of some attorneys baffles my mind!
These people that go to crappy schools end up at the DA, it’s sad.
Feb. 14, 2018, 5:59 pm
Catherine elizabeth from Brighton Beach says:
They were never friends, he was forced to confess while under the influence as well as being held for over 19 hours without going to the bathroom, food, or water. Natik was not the nice guy every one claimed.
Feb. 25, 2018, 2:51 am
Catherine elizabeth from Brighton Beach says:
Rest In Peace to the victim but like I said natik was not the man everyone claimed he was, this was a drug deal gone wrong and Jeff was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Half of the witnesses were paid on natiks side which is unfortunate but true.
Feb. 25, 2018, 3:13 am
dury member from brooklyn says:
the verdict was a result of shotty police/detective work. McCrea confessed to shooting his then friend with a gun that he was not legally allowed to possess. There was no actual evidence presented to say whether the shooting was defensive or premeditated.

If McCrea had spoken once in the courtroom, the jury/judge would have known whether the McCrea was under the influence of something while confessing to manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, but he didn't speak once (weird choice). this was a weird choice because the confession did feel a little suspect. I do have to say that after sitting in on this trial, I would never trust the Brooklyn police to help me with anything and I would totally hire McCrea's D.A.

I'll also never serve jury duty in Brooklyn ever again. The cops are just as shady in Brooklyn as they are in Cleveland, Ohio.
March 9, 2018, 1:46 am
jury* member from brooklyn says:
Sorry for the typos. I need coffee.
March 9, 2018, 1:49 am

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