Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder


A Hempstead man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the attempted murder of a man at a Baldwin nightclub this week.

Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly announced that a Hempstead man was sentenced on Dec. 2 to 20 years in prison for firing seven shots at a D’Ambiance Nightclub in Baldwin in July 2019.

Jermaine Grant, 37, was convicted in a jury trial, before Judge Helene Gugerty on Oct. 27, 2022, for one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B violent felony, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony. He was acquitted at trial for tampering with physical evidence.

The trial began on Oct. 20, and the jury deliberated for approximately four hours before reaching their verdict. Upon reaching their verdict, Grant was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years post release supervision.

District Attorney Donnelly said Grant stalked and cornered his victim, and fired multiple shots at the man as he tried to flee. 

“Grant was shooting to kill,” said Donnelly. “My office is committed to vigorously prosecuting gun violence in Nassau County, taking guns out of the hands of criminals, and ensuring that they are held responsible for their crimes with significant jail time.”                                          

District Attorney Donnelly said that, on July 28, 2019, at approximately 2:00 a.m. in front of the D’Ambiance Nightclub, Grant identified a man outside of the club who was an enemy and followed him into an alleyway. She said Grant then pulled out a gun and fired seven shots toward the fleeing victim. The gunfire missed the targeted victim, and he was able to flee uninjured. 

Members of the Hempstead Police and Nassau County Police departments arrested Grant later that morning in the Village of Hempstead. Donnelly said Senior Litigation Counsel Stefanie Palma of the Homicide Bureau prosecuted the case, and Joseph LoPiccolo, Esq, represented Grant, the defendant.