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Man Pleads Guilty To Murder In Apartment Building Shooting In Mount Vernon

Phillip Copeland, 29, of Mount Vernon.
Phillip Copeland, 29, of Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- A Mount Vernon man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges on Thursday in connection to a shooting that took place at Levister Towers in December of last year, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

On the night of Dec. 12, 2014, Phillip Copeland, 29, was standing in the lobby of the apartment complex. At approximately 9:54 p.m. Jlynn Reeves entered the lobby and, according to surveillance camera footage, the two engaged in a heated exchange, the district attorney said.

The two men then walked out of camera view toward a stairwell that led to the building's basement. Shortly after, a security guard heard gunshots and called 911. Copeland is then seen walking back into the building, the district attorney said.

At approximately 11:29 p.m., Copeland exited a first-floor apartment and was stopped by authorities who recognized him from the surveillance footage. Authorities searched Copeland and found a .380 caliber automatic pistol that was later determined to be the murder weapon by ballistic analysis, the district attorney said.

Copeland will be sentenced on Sept.15 and faces a maximum of life in prison, the district attorney said.

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