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Mount Vernon Man Sentenced For Home Invasion Robbery, Homicide

The defendant was sentenced to 25 years to life on the murder and seven years on the assault.
The defendant was sentenced to 25 years to life on the murder and seven years on the assault. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Keith Wilkinson from Mount Vernon was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 32 years to life in state prison on his July 2015 conviction in a home invasion robbery and homicide.

Wilkinson was sentenced to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, one count of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Burglary in the First Degree and one count of Assault in the Second Degree, according to New York State Police.

On Jan. 27, 2009, at approximately 8:30 p.m., in Mount Vernon, two men were duct-taped, tied with a cord and pistol-whipped him by two masked gunman, the D.A. said. The gunman reportedly continually asked where the “stuff,” was according to the A.A.

Despite restraints one of the victims was able to reach his cell phone and called 911 from inside the closet. He then heard a single gunshot and footsteps. He exited closet and found the other victim deceased on the floor with a single gunshot to the head, the D.A. said.

Approximately one year later, the deceased’s girlfriend contacted the Mount Vernon police and informed them that the night of the shooting, the defendant had admitted to his role in the incident, stating that they had gone to that house to rob the “guy” and he shot him in the head.

Police then located a close friend of the defendants who admitted that defendant had shown up at his door the night of the incident and he had helped the defendant dispose of clothing according to New York State Police.

The defendant was questioned by police and subsequently arrested. The defendant was tried and convicted on Jan. 31, 2011. The defendant appealed the trial verdict and on Aug. 6, 2014, the Appellate Division Second Dept. reversed the conviction on an evidentiary ruling made by the trial judge and sent the case back for a new trial. At his second trial, on July 10th, 2015, he was again convicted according to the New York State Police.

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