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Defendant: Richard Johnson (DOB 09/08/82)

Dec. 3, 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Richard Johnson of Mount Vernon was found guilty Monday (12/2) on weapons charges following a jury trial in Westchester County Court before Judge David Zuckerman.

Specifically, the jury found Johnson guilty of the following:

  • 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony
  • 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony


Judge Zuckerman charged the jury Monday afternoon Nov. 25, and deliberations continued with a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. The jury returned Monday and delivered the verdict.

Background

On Aug. 16, 2018, Mount Vernon Police responded to a 911 call on Hussey Road saying there was a man with a gun. Police found Johnson and a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun with the serial number defaced. Johnson was arrested at the scene. He was later indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2020.

Special Prosecutions Assistant District Attorney Janelle Armentano and Wendy Parra, Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, prosecuted the case.

 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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