A Bronx man will have to continue serving his sentence for robbing a taxi driver in Endicott in 2017 and attempting to rob another person the same night.
The Broome County District Attorney’s Office announced on July 21 that the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division upheld the conviction and 10-year prison sentence of Ramel Noel, who had was convicted of theft and attempted theft in 2019 despite Noel’s claims. the evidence at his trial did not prove that he was the person who hit a taxi driver with a mallet before robbing a second driver at gunpoint.
According to the original account of the incident, Noel was accused of threatening a victim with a gun and demanding money from the taxi driver. He failed to get any money but hit the taxi driver in the head with a mallet.
The report goes on to say “Shortly after, the accused attempted to enter a taxi driven by a second victim and also demanded money while threatening him with a gun. » Noel allegedly punched the second man and took money and his cell phone.
Noel was convicted of two counts of second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery.
He challenged the verdict as “being against the weight of the evidence”, saying the first victim’s description of his clothes, skin color, build, facial hair and other details were not not right.
The jury was able to watch surveillance video of the attack on the first victim and a witness identified Noel as the attacker.
In the second incident, the victim identified Noel during the trial.
The Appeals Division ruled that there was sufficient evidence to confirm the conviction and that the sentence imposed was not unduly harsh or harsh. The court said “Notwithstanding the remorse expressed by the defendant and his lack of criminal history, we deny the defendant’s request to vary the sentence in the interests of justice. “