Wendy’s Massacre of 2000 in Queens, NY 5/24/2000 *John Taylor and Craig Godineaux convicted, sentenced to LWOP*

anita-smith.jpg Jaquione  Johnson with daughter India
Anita Smith and Jaquione Johnson with daughter India

Victims
Anita Smith, 23
Ramon Nazario, 44
Jeremy Mele, 19
Ali Ibadat, 40
Jean Auguste, 27
JaQuione Johnson, 18 (survived)
Patrick Castro, 23 (survived)

I could not find any pictures of the victims except for Anita Smith. If you have one to share, please let me know. I would like people to remember the victims. Thanks!

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Life After The Wendy’s Massacre,
Two Years Later

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Wendy’s Massacre Suspect Pleads Guilty
Jury Begins Deliberations In Wendy’s Massacre Case
Wendy’s Massacre Murderer Appeals Death Sentence
Wendy’s massacre killer John Taylor escapes execution
Wendy’s Massacre killer gets life
Five murdered at Wendy’s restaurant in New York City—the brutalization of everyday life
Wendy’s Massacre Revisited: A Killer Speaks Out
Accomplice Apologizes For Wendy’s Massacre
Murderpedia: John B. Taylor
Murderpedia: Craig Godineaux
Wikipedia: Wendy’s massacre

Defendants
John Taylor – convicted, originally sentenced to death, but it was overturned and he was sentenced to 5 terms of LWOP
Craig Godineaux – pled guilty, sentenced to 5 consecutive terms of LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

JohnTaylor mug

Identifying and Location Information
DIN (Department Identification Number) 03A0158
Inmate Name TAYLOR, JOHN
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 03/10/1964
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility CLINTON
Date Received (Original) 01/10/2003
Date Received (Current) 01/10/2003
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment QUEENS

Crimes of Conviction

Crime: MURDER 1ST
Class: A1

Crime: MURDER 2ND
Class: A1

Crime: MURDER 2ND
Class: A1

Crime: MURDER 1ST
Class: A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates

Aggregate Minimum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date LIFE
Earliest Release Type
Parole Hearing Date
Parole Hearing Type FULL MAXIMUM
Parole Eligibility Date 99/99/9999
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE

INMATE INFORMATION

CraigGodineaux

Identifying and Location Information
DIN (Department Identification Number) 01A1186
Inmate Name GODINEAUX, CRAIG
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 02/04/1970
Race / Ethnicity BLACK/HISPANIC
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility AUBURN
Date Received (Original) 02/26/2001
Date Received (Current) 02/26/2001
Admission Type RETURN FROM PAROLE/COND REL
County of Commitment QUEENS

Crimes of Conviction

Crime: MURDER 1ST
Class: A1

Crime: MURDER 1ST
Class: A1

Crime: MURDER 2ND
Class: A1

Crime: ROBBERY 1ST
Class: B

Sentence Terms and Release Dates

Aggregate Minimum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date LIFE
Earliest Release Type
Parole Hearing Date
Parole Hearing Type FULL MAXIMUM
Parole Eligibility Date 99/99/9999
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE

2 Responses

  1. This reminds me of the “Brown’s Chicken” murders in Palatine, Illinois around 1992, where 2 men, Juan Luna and James Ngorski, herded 7 employees of the “Brown’s Chicken” restaurant into the freezer and shot and killed them all. There were no survivors. It took about 10 years to catch these guys, and they were caught when one of their girlfriends turned them in. Now they’re doing life without parole in some Illinois prison.

  2. This was crazy. I knew the young man Jeremy Mele. He was my younger brother’s friend. I was good friends with his older brother. We were from the jersey shore. This was so unlucky because I heard he literally just went to NY to be with a girl and start a life. It was a huge deal to be from a small beach town and go to the big city and try and survive. He was always a good kid and I still think about how sad this is all these years later. I hope his family is ok.

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