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Defendant: Coty Highsmith (DOB 06/15/87)

Date NN, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Coty Highsmith of Yonkers was found guilty of robbery and assault in the beating of another man in November 2017 on Highland Avenue, Yonkers. Westchester County Court Judge Anne Minihan presided over the trial, which began Oct. 10, 2018.

Specifically, the jury found Highsmith guilty of Robbery in the Second Degree, a C violent felony, and Assault in the Second Degree, a D violent felony. The defendant is a persistent violent felony offender and faces two sentences of a maximum of 25 years to life in prison. The sentences will run concurrently (at the same time). Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2019.

Background
On Nov. 28, 2017, Highsmith followed a man in his 60s into an apartment building on Highland Avenue just before 1 p.m. Inside the building, Highsmith choked the victim from behind, tackled him to the ground, and repeatedly punched him in the face, causing broken bones. He stole the victim’s wallet with $300 cash and fled the building.

Highsmith was identified from surveillance video. Yonkers Police executed multiple search warrants and recovered clothing he wore during the robbery.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Flecha, Deputy Bureau Chief in the Superior Court Trial Division, prosecuted the case. 

police photo of Coty Highsmith

Coty Highsmith

 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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