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Feb. 22, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Donte S. Pace (DOB 01/11/95) of 240 Franklin Ave., Mount Vernon, NY was arraigned on an indictment today before Judge Anne Minihan and charged with:

  • one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B”  Violent Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, an “A” Misdemeanor

in the death of James D. Puryear.

On Oct. 18, 2016 at approximately 4:45 p.m., the  victim was walking eastbound on Elm Street between Oak and Walnut Streets. The defendant approached and stabbed the victim once in the chest in front of 179 Elm St. with a bladed instrument. The victim was unarmed.

He ran away from the defendant and across the street where he collapsed. A good Samaritan called 911. 

Police and EMT’s responded to the scene. The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An intensive investigation by the Yonkers Police Department resulted in the defendant’s arrest ten days later on Oct. 28, 2016.

An examination by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that the victim died from a stab wound to the chest which resulted in damage to the heart along with internal bleeding.

The defendant pled not guilty.

Bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

He faces up to twenty-five years in state prison.

His next court date is March 15, 2017.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas DiCostanzo of the Superior Court Trial Division.


Donte Pace

Donte Pace


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