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July 22, 2015 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Dontan Jenkins (DOB 09/21/81) of 119 East 4th Street, Mount Vernon pled guilty today to:

  • one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class "A" Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class "C" Felony.

The defendant was a licensed, unarmed security guard supervisor at the Levister Towers Apartment complex in Mount Vernon. The victim, Richard Brown was also employed as a security guard at the building and had only been working in that position for 10 days at the time of the incident.

During those 10 days, Jenkins and Brown had two altercations, including one on July 20, 2014 after another exchange of words during a change of shift.

At approximately 3:38 a.m. on the morning of July 21, 2014 the defendant returned to the apartment complex, approached the victim who was manning the security guard booth and fired three shots through the front plexi-glass window striking and killing the victim.

Mount Vernon Police responded to the scene commenced an investigation. They developed information that led them to the defendant who was arrested a short time later.

The defendant was remanded to the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.

He will be sentenced on Oct. 1, 2015.

The defendant faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone, Chief of the Homicide Bureau is prosecuting the case.


Dontan Jenkins

Dontan Jenkins


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