A man who spent 16 years as an international fugitive after killing a guest at a New York wedding on Long Island, has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.
Balkumar Singh was sentenced on Monday in Nassau County Court. He pleaded guilty last month to murder in the 1999 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Abzal Khan, the New York Post reported.
Authorities say Singh shot Khan seven times following a dance floor dispute at a wedding hall; scores of guests witnessed Khan’s death.
Singh, who had several aliases, traveled to Canada and Guyana before an international manhunt ended in Trinidad in March 2015 with his capture by law enforcement.
He was featured in a 2009 episode of “America’s Most Wanted.”
In August 2015, Singh made a feeble attempt to apologize to the victim’s family as he was finally hauled into court in the 1999 bloodshed.
“I’m sorry for the pain I caused the family,” Singh, 37, told reporters before pleading not guilty to a slew of charges including murder in the Hicksville tragedy.
His remorse was rejected by the father of victim Abzal Khan, who was gunned down outside a friend’s wedding party where Singh got into a fight while crashing the event.
“No, that doesn’t mean anything to me,” Ishnallie Khan said about Singh’s apology.
Singh, also known as Tevin “Terry” Persaud, was busted in March 2015 in Trinidad, ending his 16 years on the run.
Singh and a date reportedly went uninvited to the June 13, 1999, wedding at a Masonic Temple.
Someone either looked at Singh’s date or asked her to dance, sparking a fight during which Singh got punched by that other man.
Singh left the party and lay in wait outside with a handgun, opening fire shortly before midnight on a group that included Abzal Khan, 19, who was repeatedly shot in the chest, authorities said.
His sister’s boyfriend, Mohammed Pooram, then 19, was shot in the leg, but survived.
Neither victim had been involved in the fight, authorities said.
The shooter escaped by hopping into the passenger side of a getaway car, witnesses said.
Acting Nassau County DA Madeline Singas said Singh, who was featured on a 2009 episode of the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” used aliases while evading capture and may have also hid in Canada and Guayana, where officials have said he had relatives.
Authorities nabbed him based on a tip, Singas said, adding that he was apparently homeless and living on the streets.