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Corona Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison in Stray Bullet Death of Jackson Heights Woman

Bertha Arriaga with her husband and three young sons (Photo: GoFundMe)

March 28, 2022 By Christian Murray

A 32-year-old Corona man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the firing of an illegal gun that killed a mother of three children—via a stray bullet— inside her Jackson Heights apartment in 2020.

Issam Elabbar, who pleaded guilty in December 2021 to manslaughter in the second degree, killed Bertha Arriaga, 43, when he fired an illegal gun on a Jackson Heights street at around 1 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2020, and a stray bullet pierced a window of her 3rd floor apartment hitting her in the neck.

Arriaga’s 14-year-old son heard his mother gasping for air in the kitchen and then discovered her in a pool of blood on the floor. Her husband performed CPR but the injury proved fatal.

“The victim of this senseless crime was in her home – a place where one would expect to be safe from harm,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz in a statement. “Tragically, the woman’s oldest son discovered his mother gasping for air and bleeding to death.”

Bertha Arriaga was found by her son lying on the kitchen floor with a fatal bullet wound inside their third floor apartment at 91-16 34th Ave. (Google Maps)

Arriaga was killed while she was looking out her kitchen window after she heard loud noises on the street.

At the time, there were two men trying to steal a bicycle in the vicinity of her 34th Avenue and 92nd Street building.

According to police, Elabbar fired the fatal shot over his shoulder as he was leaving the scene. The bullet ripped through the window and pierced Arriaga’s neck.

The NYPD released video footage of the men trying to steal the bike shortly after Arriaga’s death. Police received a tip identifying Elabbar as one of the two men in the footage.

Elabbar, who also pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, was also sentenced to five years’ post release supervision in addition to his 15-year sentence.

Arriaga, a Mexican immigrant, left behind her husband and three sons.

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Robert

He took an innocent life. He took a mother away from her children. He does not deserve to see the light of day. Lock him up, throw away the key and let him rot in prison like the lowlife scum he is. No forgiveness for criminals and street parasites.

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Jorge Colon

Is it ok to ask if the “32-year-old Corona man” s here legally? The article twice described his weapon as an “illegal gun”. What is the immigration status of Issam Elabbar?

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Javier

Why? Are you going to blame Biden too? In case the answer is yes, Trump was President in September of 2020.

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Jorge Colon

No Javier, I am not blaming Biden (nor Trump). I am simply asking “What is the immigration status of Issam Elabbar?”

However, for the next 20, 30 40..years I will “blame Biden” for every murder, rape assault etc. that each of the Biden illegals commit. Since Biden’s inauguration that number is two million and growing.
https://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/

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Javier

Exactly. Biden just got elected. Not even HE can clean up every single mess that was the dumpsterfire of the Trump presidency in one yr. And Biden isn’t responsible for crime in NY, the MAYOR is.
Maybe you should be a part of the solution instead of being a part of the problem.

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