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Mount Vernon Security Guard Facing Life For Murder

Dontan Jenkins, 32, could face life in prison after being charged in murder of his co-worker in Mount Vernon.
Dontan Jenkins, 32, could face life in prison after being charged in murder of his co-worker in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Dontan Jenkins, the Mount Vernon security guard who allegedly shot and killed his Levister Towers co-worker in July, could face life in prison after being arraigned on murder charges.

According to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Jenkins, 32, is facing life in prison after he deliberately shot his 47-year-old co-worker, Richard Brown. He was charged with felony counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Jenkins is a licensed security guard supervisor for the company that protects the Levister Towers apartment complex. Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on July 21, he approached Brown, who was in the security guard booth at the complex. Jenkins then allegedly fired three shots through the Plexiglas window that would prove to be fatal.

Brown, who had only been employed by the security company for 10 days, had had a pair of altercations with Jenkins, including one the day before he was killed, according to the DA's office. The Mount Vernon Police Department initiated an investigation and quickly arrested Jenkins.

Jenkins was remanded to Westchester County Jail in Valhalla. He is due back in court on Monday, Dec. 22. Senior District Attorney Paula Branca-Santos of the Superior Court Trial Division has been tabbed to investigate the case.

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