Father accused of killing his son on New Year’s Eve allegedly used ‘that gun’ to kill Rosebank

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Father accused of killing his son on New Year’s Eve allegedly used ‘that gun’ to kill Rosebank

STATEN ISLAND, New York – A man accused of shooting his adult son on New Year’s Eve allegedly confessed to police shortly after.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office, 57-year-old Joseph Lyon told police at the scene, “That gun is in the dumpster, that’s what I shot.”

Authorities said the defendant shot his 29-year-old son, Joseph Leoni Jr., in front of the defendant’s home at 1200 Street on Bay Street in Rosebank. The victim’s family said he was visiting his father at the time. Prosecutors said Leon was arrested at the scene, as police also found the firearm in a trash can outside the home.

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The Legal Aid Society issued the following statement regarding the case.

“Joseph Lyon is a former US Marine with no criminal record. He is innocent, and we caution the public against rushing to sentencing. We will have more,” said S. Makita Modi, Senior Supervising Attorney at the Legal Aid Society’s Staten Island Trial Office. Let’s have something to say about this issue in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Leon’s lawyer asked the judge on Sunday that her client receive medical care in prison but did not specify his illness.

He is due to return to court on January 6.

“I don’t want to be like my father”

The victim’s wife in South Carolina described the strained relationship between her husband and his father.

“Joe always told me, ‘I don’t want to be like my dad,’ and he definitely got along with that,” Kimberly Leon told Advance/SILive.com on Sunday.

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In November 2020, the younger Leon mentioned his father in a Facebook post about his children.

“[My children] You wouldn’t know what it’s like to realize in a little talk that you have no father at all, while learning to be a father,” he wrote. “My queen and I will raise lions the way my father did, except that I will always answer the phone for my children.”


Police respond to fatal Friday night shooting on Bay Street in Rosebank (Steve White of Staten Island Advance).

The motive for the shooting remained uncertain on Sunday.

Accused of murder and murder

The defendant faces multiple charges including second-degree murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. When searching his apartment, the police seized a second rifle and several boxes of ammunition.

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The youngest Leon was the father of three who had served two years in the army. He was originally from Brooklyn, prior to his current address in Kershaw, South Carolina

On Friday, he was found lying unconscious and unresponsive on the sidewalk a few hours before New Year’s Eve on Bay Street, two blocks from Helen Boulevard.

A South Carolina family member posted on Facebook Saturday, in part, “My heart is forever broken, but I know you’re no longer suffering.”

“I love you higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean. Please watch over me and your children.”

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