Mentally ill FedEx worker sentenced to 10 years in prison for Midtown stabbing

New York Daily News 15 hours ago

A mentally ill FedEx worker who stabbed a man while on a delivery run will spent 10 years behind bars for the crime.

Tyquan Bailey learned his fate in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Bailey, 23, pleaded guilty to attempted murder in October for knifing Jack Gindi, 28, multiple times in the back at a building on Fifth Ave. near 33rd St. on April 23, 2018.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Biben acknowledged the severity of the incident and Bailey’s “serious mental illness” while doling out his sentence.

“This is perhaps not a perfect solution,” Biben said. “We are not yet fully evolved in how we are treating and finding services to prevent these kinds of tragedies.”

Jack Gindi after the sentencing of Tyquan Bailey in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Jack Gindi after the sentencing of Tyquan Bailey in Manhattan Criminal Court. (Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News)

Gindi, who suffered a punctured lung and needed to relearn how to walk as a result of the stabbing, showed empathy for Bailey.

“If he was sane, then the guy should have got much more than 10 years. If he’s insane, he should have definitely gotten psychiatric help. Regardless, the system is not in place to help the victim,” said Gindi, who said he still feels “very anxious and depressed."

To make matters worse, Gindi claims FedEx tried to wash their hands of blame.

“The only reason we trusted him in our building and working with our company is because he had a FedEx uniform on, he was on duty.”

Bailey apologized for the physical and mental harm he caused Gindi and thanked the court for imposing a lenient sentence.

“I just want to say that this court was really fair,” Bailey said. “I’m on my medicine now and I’m feeling well.”

His lawyer, Liam Malanaphy noted that his client has been gainfully employed while out on bail and never challenged the facts in the case.

“The chances of him getting good treatment in prison are limited,” Malanaphy said. “We only wish there were a resolution in which Mr. Bailey could be an asset to society.”

Bailey’s mother, who did not wish to give her name, is concerned her son will not receive the help he needs in a state prison.

“My son suffers from mental illness and until the criminal justice system realizes that people are being incarcerated every day due to mental illness. He’s diagnosed with schizophrenia,” she explained.

“He’s truly, deeply sorry. My family is truly, deeply sorry. And I’m glad that (Gindi) lived. I’m glad that he lived and I’m sorry. It’s due to mental illness.”

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