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April 13, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Orville Kitson, a Mount Vernon Police Officer, pleaded guilty to the crime of Prohibited Use of Weapons, a misdemeanor.

Kitson surrendered himself to the DA’s Office Friday morning and was arraigned in Mount Vernon City Court Friday afternoon. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.

The charge stems from an incident which occurred June 12, 2016, at around 4 a.m. when Kitson fired his police service weapon on a residential street in the area of 455 South Third Avenue in the City of Mount Vernon. The defendant was off-duty when he fired two .45 caliber rounds from his police service weapon, a semi-automatic Glock-21 pistol. The defendant’s firing of his service weapon that morning was not necessary, was not in self-defense, and was not in the discharge of an official duty. No one was injured.

The case was prosecuted by ADA Brian F. Fitzgerald, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Bureau.

 

Orville Kitson

Orville Kitson

 

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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