- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A Brooklyn man who went on the run during his trial for a multiple shooting has been sentenced in absentia to 40 years in prison.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said Monday that 25-year-old Curtis Peterson fled after summations in last month’s trial. He was charged with shooting and wounding five members of a family after a dispute.

Peterson was convicted of various assault and attempted assault charges in the 2013 shooting, as well as criminal possession of a weapon and harassment.

Prosecutors say he approached the victims in the Bushwick neighborhood and opened fire. That was after he harassed an 18-year-old woman in the family, showing up at her McDonald’s job and throwing a milkshake at her. She alerted police.

Peterson had been free on $100,000 bail during trial.

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