GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday April 26, 2019 – A 33-year-old man wanted for a 2011 murder in the United States is now in the custody of law enforcement authorities there after being extradited from Guyana.
Troy Thomas was arraigned yesterday before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder, and was ordered held without bail. A new court date was set for June 13.
Thomas had allegedly gunned down 20-year-old Keith Frank outside a house party in South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, just before Christmas 2011.
“The defendant has been on the run for seven years, but today he is in our custody and will answer for the senseless killing….The family of the victim deserves justice for their deceased loved one. The defendant now faces a lengthy term of incarceration for his alleged actions,” Queens Assistant District Attorney John Ryan said in a statement.
Thomas faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
According to the charges, he became involved in a petty dispute with Frank and allegedly shot him in the chest just a few blocks from his home. The young man was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Thomas fled New York City but was tracked down and found living in Guyana. Guyana police apprehended the fugitive last year and he had remained in prison until his extradition on Wednesday, hours after he exhausted any further right to appeal the move. His return to the US followed more than a year of coordination between the Guyana government and the US Embassy.
In a statement, the US Embassy in Guyana thanked the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Prison Service, the Minister of Public Security, and the staff at Cheddi Jagan International Airport for their close cooperation and commitment to justice.
“The Government of Guyana’s actions over the past year clearly indicate its dedication to law and order and established norms of international criminal justice,” said US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch.
“Guyana is moving in the right direction. Establishing a roadmap for future extraditions, bringing a fugitive to justice, making Guyana a safer place for Guyanese citizens – this is the best example of rule of law existing in Guyana.”