Sentencing for “Cruel and Heinous” Crime

A two-time felon charged with murdering his girlfriend refused to leave the holding cell at Brooklyn Supreme Court  where he was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Benjamin Braxton, 52, was convicted of stabbing Raynell Howington to death in May 2013 in the lobby of her Brownsville group home. The crime, described as “cruel and heinous” was caught on surveillance.

Howington’s daughter Carmelia Fluker, surrounded by a dozen relatives, read a poem from the pew before the judge handed down the sentence. “How am I supposed to find peace, when I’m mentally and emotionally distracted?” she said.