EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — A convicted murderer who was busted by an “America’s Most Wanted” fan is going to prison for his 1991 crime — again.
Early in the morning of January 1, 1991, Derrick Lloyd, now 55, left a New Years Eve party in East Flatbush, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
Lloyd was looking for a drunken man who started a fight at the party.
Lloyd approached a group of people sitting on a bench and demanded to know where the man went. No one could provide an answer.
Lloyd said, “I want answers now.” William Smith, 22, replied something along the lines of “we all want answers,” the DA’s Office said.
Lloyd and Smith got into a fight. Lloyd pulled out a gun and shot Smith in the face, killing him.
The next day, a witness identified Lloyd but he was nowhere to be found.
In 2007, Lloyd went to a DMV in Alabama. The clerk noticed he had fraudulent papers with the assumed name Derrick Lloyd he had been using for 16 years.
The clerk recognized Lloyd because he had been featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” leading to Lloyd’s arrest.
Lloyd went to trial in 2011 and was convicted to 18 years to life in prison. An appellate court overturned the conviction in 2014 and ordered a new trial.
Lloyd was convicted for the second time on Thursday. He will be sentenced on April 20 and faces a maximum sentence of 18 years to life in prison.