Defendant: Cynell Brown (DOB 01/13/1990) (pronounced Ky-nell)

May 1, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Cynell Brown has been arraigned on an indictment before Judge Anne Minihan and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Tarrytown woman in her home Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.

Specifically, Brown has been charged with:

  • one count of Murder in the Second Degree, an A-1 felony
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony
  • one count of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fifth Degree, a misdemeanor
  • two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence, class E felonies

Prosecutors allege Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, the Tarrytown Police Department received a 911 call regarding an apartment located at 177 White Plains Road in the Village of Tarrytown. At the time, they were given the description of a man fleeing the area. Upon arrival at the apartment, responding units located a female victim who was semi-conscious and bleeding from gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as 34-year-old Jessica Wiltse, was transported by Tarrytown Ambulance to the Westchester County Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. During the course of the police investigation a firearm was recovered.

Brown was arrested at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Manhattan that same evening and was detained by Port Authority Police until a team of police led by Village of Tarrytown Police Department arrived.  Brown has no known permanent address.

If convicted, Brown faces life in state prison. His next court date is scheduled for May 15, 2018. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone, Homicide Bureau Chief, and Assistant District Attorney Nadine Nagler.

Cynell L. Brown

Cynell L. Brown

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