Defendant: Joel Thompson (DOB 12/23/94)

Jan. 14, 2020 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Joel Thompson of Yonkers was found guilty of all charges related to the killing a Yonkers teenager and the attempted murder of two others following a jury trial. Westchester County Court Judge George Fufidio presided.

Specifically, Thompson was found guilty of Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-1 violent felony, in the death of 16-year-old Madysen Denman of Yonkers and two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, class B violent felonies, in the attempted murder of two others.

The trial opened Dec. 6, 2019. He is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 27, 2020.

On Dec. 20, 2017, at approximately 9:40 a.m., following a fight at an apartment complex on Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, Joel Thompson intentionally drove his car onto the sidewalk and ran into 16-year-old Madysen Denman, pinning her to a wall and killing her. He also attempted to kill two others in the group with his car, Omar Ramos and Monty Anthony. Neither were injured.

After following up on a description of Thompson’s vehicle, Yonkers Police made the arrest a short time later.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Lana Hochheiser, Deputy Chief of the Homicide Bureau, and Craig Ascher, both of the Superior Court Trial Division.

 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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