Long Beach Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Killing Neighbor

Casey Fitzgerald was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted in December for killing his neighbor.

A Long Beach man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday after shooting his neighbor in the face and killing him during an argument back in March 2010.

Casey Fitzgerald, 21, was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree last December.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that at approximately 3:30 p.m. on March 22, 2010, Fitzgerald and his neighbor, Ernest Cummings Jr., 48, got into an argument in front of Fitzgerald’s East Hudson Street home. After the argument, both men returned to their homes. Cummings came out of his home a few minutes later to find Fitzgerald waiting for him.

Fitzgerald fired three shots from a revolver, hitting Cummings once in the face, between his left eye and nose, Rice said. Cummings was pronounced dead at South Nassau Communities Hospital shortly thereafter. Fitzgerald, who claimed that he was acting in self-defense, was acquitted of murder in the second degree.

"Mr. Fitzgerald could have stayed in his home after the argument and the conflict could have ended there," Rice said. "Instead, he grabbed his gun and chose to violently and irrevocably damage not only the victim's family, but his own. It's a choice that Mr. Fitzgerald will have the next 30 years locked in a prison cell to think about."

After the shooting, Fitzgerald fled Long Beach and was arrested in Virginia on April 16, 2010, and charged with the second-degree murder. Long Beach police said this was the first shooting homicide in the city since 1997.

Candygram for Mongo January 17, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Teri January 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Yes. Justice will be served ...
Irwin Evans January 17, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Don't do the crime of u can't do the time!
Misty January 17, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Yeah, ok. Keep thinking like that. As we know, most prisoners are really innocent - wink wink!
Rocky January 18, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Too harsh a punishment Teri??? He killed a man!!! Would it be too harsh if he shot you or your family member in the face? What an idiotic thing to say!
Lloyd January 18, 2012 at 01:20 AM
C'mon guys. Lets give poor Casey a break. He didnt shoot and kill Ernest. The gun did. Free Casey! Send the gun to jail.
Lloyd January 18, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Can you imagine wasting away up to 30 years of the prime of your life, locked behind bars, in an all male insfitution with hundreds of psychopathetic, angry,racist, and sexed up beefy men while all your friends are out running free with a different babe every night? This is what Casey has to look forward to because he thought it necessary to possess an unlicensed, loaded gun, and then use it like a punk to settle a dispute. Good move, Casey. See ya in 2042, if you even make it that far.
DR. Jay January 18, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Lloyd maybe you should be the Next City Mgr you and B" Bob ..
DR. Jay January 18, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Romans 13:1-14 LLoyd maybe you can have someone break this down to you. Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ...
DR. Jay January 18, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Let's take a look at judging and tolerance. What did Jesus mean when he said, "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged"? (KJV Luke 6:37). He said this as a part of teaching about love and forgiveness. He tells us to love everyone, including our enemies, and that we should not judge them. We should forgive them. First, we need to note that Jesus is talking about our personal relationships with other people. Our one-to-one relationships. Second, we need read the entire BIble, not just one verse. Note that in the above verse Jesus is talking about loving and forgiving other people. He does not say we should love what they are doing (or saying). In the Bible there is a distinction between people, and their behavior. he Bible also tells us there are things that we are supposed to hate -- sins. Sins are behaviours and thoughts that separate us from God.
DR. Jay January 18, 2012 at 05:09 AM
"--your sins cut you off from God." (NLT) - Isaiah 59:2 "Don't you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers and swindlers--none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God." (NLT) 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 God hates sin and so we are also to hate sin. "There are six things the LORD hates--no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord among brothers." (NLT) Proverbs 6:16-19 As Christians we are to love the sinner, but hate the sin. This means Christians are to be tolerant of others, but intolerant of sin. We are to love other people, and treat all other people with love, but that does not mean that we accept their sinful behavior. On the contrary, we are to detest and hate all sinful behavior and thoughts.
DR. Jay January 18, 2012 at 05:10 AM
You need to read this Lloyd and remember one day you will have to be Judged. Silly Rabbit Tricks are for kids.
DR. Jay January 18, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Lloyd let me have your take on when you take someones life you must be willing to spare your very own life. Am I talking to much or can you answer the question?
DR. Jay January 18, 2012 at 05:12 AM
The Sad part you don't know either Party. I have tickets to the Circus for you and a few guess.
Happy Daze January 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Casey loved his neighbor to death. Now it's time for someone in jail to love him just as much.
Lloyd January 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Mr. James...Thank you very much for your sermon. Now it is time to bring your faith, beliefs, and your bible to prison to share with those lost, unfortunate souls, like Casey, who are locked up, and sheltered from a society that they could not live peacefully in. Maybe you can get these angry and violent young men to follow rhe word of your Lord instead of the ways of the streets.
PBOND January 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
We shosuld pray for both families as they both lost their sons. pb
CP January 18, 2012 at 04:11 PM
If he shot a family member of mine in the face, I would say 30 years would be two little of a sentence for his crime. Being that he had a revolver in his possession, I going to assume if he did not shoot Mr. Fitzpatrick he would eventually be doing time for something else. While I am sad for the Fitzpatrick family, I am happy that one less loser is walking the street with a gun, while I walk these streets with my kids.
Lloyd January 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Now I can shop at Waldbaums without having to wear my bullet proof vest.
Brendan January 18, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Don't get ahead of yourself, Lloyd. There's still plenty of trash in that parking lot and I'm not talking about the litter.
Goingplaces January 19, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Lloyd January 19, 2012 at 05:36 AM
I get myself a police escort everytime I go pick up Moo Shu Pork combination at No. 1 Chinese Take Out, and keep a look out posted when doing night banking at Chase. Some of those characters hanging around look unsavory, but I grew up in the City, so nothing scares me away. Speaking of Waldbaums... Do you know they have a 5% Senior Discount on Tuesdays? I shopped there last night (didnt get mugged) and the cashier AUTOMATICALY gave me the discount WITHOUT asking. Boy, was I pissed. And insulted too.
laocoon January 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if North Park cleaned up its garbage instead of crying for entitlements? Reynolds should have left that part of town a swamp. Mosquitoes and rats would have made better neighbors.
Candygram for Mongo January 19, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Just what do you mean "you people"?
Masha Mack January 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Terri what the F is wrong with you!?! HE KILLED SOMEONE! I do not understand how people can even defend the guilty! We are responsible for our own actions and should be held accountable for them! This is insanity- the comments I read on these things blows my mind when people stick up for scum- just because you know someone does not mean they are good people
Lloyd January 19, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Marsha...some of the posters here are just being sarcastic, like myself. Try not to take every remark seriously.
BOOGIE WOOGIE January 25, 2012 at 05:58 PM
yada yada yada find some other place to preach. start a blog yo! anyways i cant wait for marvel to open ! summer cant come soon enough!
BOOGIE WOOGIE January 25, 2012 at 06:01 PM
boogie woogie oogie! what if lloyd doesnt believe in god? or not your god? so whos to say whos being the silly rabbit? what makes you so right that you need to come here and preach to poor lloyd. its BOOGIE TIME!
BOOGIE WOOGIE January 25, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I LOVE ICE CREAM ! He should say 3 hail mary's and 4 our fathers. that should be enough of a sentence happy new year
BOOGIE WOOGIE January 25, 2012 at 06:07 PM
oo and was the gun legal? im sure it was considering its not mentioned


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