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Man Who Stabbed Brooklyn Playwright to Death In Front Of His Wife Gets 20 Years

Gary Correa received a 20-year sentence for first-degree manslaughter in the 2017 stabbing of playwright George Carroll.

By Gina Tron
Chrissy George Carroll

A Brooklyn man who stabbed a playwright to death in front of his wife was sentenced to 20 years for the slaying.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday that Gary Correa, 24, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. A jury convicted him of first-degree manslaughter in January for stabbing George Carroll, 42, to death in 2017. 

Carroll was walking home with his wife in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint “when he encountered the defendant and a small group of people on the steps” of a school. Carroll and his wife were only one black away from their home.

“Carroll and the defendant made eye contact and had a brief verbal exchange,” the press release states. "The defendant then stood and started yelling at Carroll and his wife as they attempted to leave. The defendant then retrieved an approximately eight-inch-long knife from his Dodge Durango which was parked in front of the school. The defendant then followed Carroll down the street and stabbed him once in the chest.”

Correa then "fled the scene in his SUV as Carroll lay bleeding on the sidewalk.”

Carroll was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital soon after.

"This was a brutal and unprovoked attack that left an innocent man dead and his wife forever traumatized," Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez stated last week.

Carroll’s wife Christina Carroll told Oxygen.com in 2017 that they had just recently moved to the Greenpoint from the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York because they thought it would be safer.

“My husband George was a victim of a random act of violence and his death was unexpected,” she told Oxygen.com.

She said that her slain husband “was a playwright and actor who loved deeply and passionately.” 

According to Christina Carroll, the couple wrote and worked on an off-Broadway play about rapper Tupac Shakur together.

“He was fiercely loyal, and stood up for what was right,” she told Oxygen.com.

Gonzalez stated last week that while nothing can bring George Carroll back, "with today’s sentence we have obtained a measure of justice and ensured that this defendant will no longer be a threat to anyone else in our community.”

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