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Man sentenced in Ravenswood stab

A 23-year-old Manhattan man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for luring a Chinese food deliveryman to Astoria's Ravenswood Houses and repeatedly stabbing him in October 2006, the Queens district attorney said.

David Moore, of 365 W. 118th St. in Manhattan, was sentenced on April 23 by Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter to 20 years following a two-week jury trial, Queens DA Richard Brown said. The defendant was found guilty earlier this month of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Oct. 23, 2006 stabbing of Jian Lin Huang, 39, who was delivering food to an apartment at the Astoria housing development, the DA said.

"This was a vicious attack that left the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds," Brown said. "[The sentence] affords a measure of justice to a victim who was simply trying to do his job."

The victim was lured to the fifth floor of a Ravenswood building at 35-20 21st St. in Astoria around 7:40 p.m. under the pretext of delivering a food order, the DA said. Moore and Huang had both taken the elevator together moments before the attack, but the defendant got off on the fourth floor, Brown said.

No one answered at the apartment when Huang rang the doorbell at the fifth-floor apartment, the DA said. Moments later, Moore jumped out of a stairway and attacked Huang, Brown said. The defendant grabbed the deliveryman around the neck, stabbing him multiple times in the arm and upper body, he said.

Moore then fled down a stairway after the victim, who was left bleeding on the floor, began to scream loudly, Brown said.

Brown said the building's video recording system caught the defendant on film entering the building and leaving the fourth floor after the stabbing. The video also showed Moore holding a knife in his hand, he said.

Police arrested Moore after he was identified when a video clip from the surveillance tapes were aired on television, the DA said. The jacket he had worn during the attack was also recovered at the time of his arrest, he said.

Reach reporter Nathan Duke by e-mail at news@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 156.

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