District Attorney Press Release






Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Anthony Burton (DOB 07/07/89) of 160 Willow Street, Yonkers, New York, was convicted today on one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony, related to the death of Jessica Santos.


On August 27, 2006 at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Beech Street in Yonkers, New York, the defendant, while riding in the back seat of a rented Cadillac, fired six shots from a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun into a crowd in front of the Beech Street Grocery.


Jessica Santos, a 19-year-old Tarrytown resident who was scheduled to leave the following day for her sophomore year at the University of New Haven, was struck by one of the six bullets and mortally wounded.  Santos was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 10:57 p.m.


Burton was located and arrested by Yonkers police in The Bronx the following day.


District Attorney Janet DiFiore commented after the conviction, “Gun violence has, once again, destroyed lives in our community. A vivacious young woman is dead and the individual who committed this crime will spend much of his future in state prison. Hopefully this conviction will serve to reinforce the message that the criminal possession of a loaded gun only leads to tragic outcomes and will not be tolerated in Westchester County.” 


Burton is scheduled for sentencing on September 12th, 2007.


He faces a minimum of five to a maximum of fifteen years in state prison on the top charge. 


Deputy District Attorney Robert J. Prisco, Deputy Chief of the Superior Court Trial Division, prosecuted the case.


Anthony Burton