Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Dante Thatcher (DOB 07/17/89) of 47 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, New York, was sentenced today to twenty two years to life in state prison on his January 30th, 2012 guilty plea to:


  • one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-1 Felony,


relating to death of Martin Antonio Perez.


The defendant, along with an accomplice, Xavier Goodwine (DOB 1/20/89) of 34 Prospect Street, Yonkers, New York, conspired to rob a diner delivery person.


Goodwine, the non-shooter, previously pled guilty to:


  • one count of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, a class “C” Felony


and will be sentenced on April 19th, 2012.


On December 17, 2007 at approximately 8:53 pm, a call was placed to the Emerald Diner in Yonkers for food to be delivered to an apartment located on the 18th floor of 50 Hawthorne Avenue, two blocks away from the diner’s location.


The delivery person, Martin Perez, was confronted by the defendant as the elevator doors opened on the 18th floor. Thatcher displayed a handgun and demanded money.


The victim resisted the robbery, turned on the two and chased them down a stairwell.


As he was running away, the defendant fired his handgun at the victim, striking him once in the face.


The victim’s body was found on the 12th floor stairwell.


Both defendants fled the scene.


Police initiated an investigation which ultimately resulted in the apprehension of both defendants.


Assistant District Attorney John O’Rourke, Chief of the Major Crimes Bureau, prosecuted the case.



Dante Thatcher