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Defendant:  Heriberto Morales (DOB 12/07/85)

April 12, 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Heriberto Morales of Yonkers pleaded guilty to murdering Timothy Conkling, a driver for a private carting company who was stepping into his truck when he was shot in Yonkers in March 2018.

Specifically, Morales pleaded guilty to the top count on his indictment, Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, before Westchester County Court Judge Barry Warhit Thursday (4/11). He also pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony.

As part of his plea, Morales was promised 19 years to life in state prison on the murder charge and 16 years to life in state prison on the weapons charge.

Morales was remanded into custody awaiting sentencing scheduled for June 14, 2019.

Background
On March 1, 2018, Timothy Conkling’s body was found on Ashburton Avenue in Yonkers around 10:50 a.m. The 36-year-old had one gunshot wound to his head. At the time of his death, he was a driver for a private carting company. Morales shot the driver from an apartment window adjacent to the parking lot where Conkling’s truck was parked. Yonkers Police arrested Morales that same day.

Video surveillance helped Yonkers Police piece together how the shooting happened and how Morales made his way from the scene.

Morales was indicted for the murder by a Westchester County Grand Jury July 19, 2018.

Assistant District Attorneys Christine O’Connor, Chief of the Homicide Bureau, and Kerrie Williams, Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau, are prosecuting the case.

 

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Heriberto Norales

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