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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
June 20, 2012

MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS-TO-LIFE IN PRISON FOR BRUTAL UPPER EAST SIDE MURDER

Alujah Cutts Convicted by Jury in Murder of 90-year-old Man

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of ALUJAH CUTTS, 30, to 25 years-to-life in state prison for robbing and murdering a 90-year-old man in the victim’s apartment on the Upper East Side. CUTTS was convicted by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of all of the charges in the indictment: Murder in the First and Second Degrees and Robbery in the First Degree.

“The defendant viciously attacked and murdered a helpless elderly victim, a Holocaust survivor, after he refused to surrender his property,” said District Attorney Vance. “In this case, a defendant’s greed led to a senseless and brutal crime. Thanks to the experienced prosecutors in this office, this dangerous criminal will spend the rest of his life in prison.”

As proven at trial, on July 30, 2009, CUTTS entered the East 65th Street residence of Felix Brinkmann with the intention of stealing from him. The defendant demanded that Mr. Brinkmann give him the combination to his safe. When Brinkmann refused to reveal the combination to his safe, the defendant attacked him, strangling and killing him. Cutts, working with help from a separately charged co-defendant, then removed the safe from the apartment.

Cases against CUTTS’s co-defendants, ANGELA MURRAY, 33, and HASIB CUTTS, 33, are pending.

Assistant District Attorney Shanda Strain and Senior Trial Counsel David Drucker prosecuted this case under the supervision of Kerry O’Connell, Chief of Trial Bureau 80 and Warren Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50. District Attorney Vance also thanked 19th Precinct Detectives Squad and the Manhattan North Homicide Squad for their assistance in the case.

Defendant information:

ALUJAH CUTTS, D.O.B. 04/02/1982
Bronx, NY

Convicted:
• Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony
• Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony
• Robbery in the First Degree, a class B felony

Sentence:
• 25 years-to-life in prison
• 5 years post-release supervision

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