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Aug. 11, 2015 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Keith Wilkinson (DOB 02/24/83) of 141 East 1st St., Mount Vernon, New York was sentenced today to a total of 32 years to life in state prison on his July, 2015 conviction after a jury trial to:

  • two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, class "A-1" Felonies,
  • one count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class "B" felony,
  • one count of Burglary in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony,
  • one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class "D" Felony.

The defendant was sentenced to 25 years to life on the murder and seven years on the assault.

On Jan. 27, 2009, at approximately 8:30 p.m., at 613 So. 10th Ave., in Mt. Vernon, one of two roommates, the 54-year-old surviving male victim was throwing out the trash when two masked gunmen rushed him, pushed him into the house, and knocked him down the stairs.

They duct-taped, tied with cord and pistol-whipped him while continually asking him where the "stuff" was.

As this was going on, they heard the deceased arrive and shoved the first victim into a closet.

Despite restraints, he was able to reach his cell phone and called 911 from inside the closet

He then heard a single gunshot and footsteps. He exited closet and found the deceased on the floor with a single gunshot to the head.

Approximately one year later, the deceased's girlfriend contacted the Mount Vernon police and informed them that the night of the shooting, the defendant had admitted to his role in the incident, stating that they had gone to that house to rob the "guy" and he shot him in the head.

Police then located a close friend of the defendants who admitted that the defendant had shown up at his door the night of the incident and he had helped the defendant dispose of clothing.

The defendant was questioned by police and subsequently arrested.

The defendant was tried and convicted on Jan. 31, 2011. The defendant appealed the trial verdict and on Aug. 6, 2014, the Appellate Division Second Dept. reversed the conviction on an evidentiary ruling made by the trial judge and sent the case back for a new trial.

At his second trial, on July 10, 2015, he was again convicted.

Assistant District Attorney Nadine Nagler of the Superior Court Trial Division prosecuted the case.


Keith Wilkinson

Keith Wilkinson


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