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Security Guard Sentenced In Shooting, Westchester DA Says

Dontan Jenkins, 33, was sentenced to 17 years to life for shooting his co-worker in Mount Vernon.
Dontan Jenkins, 33, was sentenced to 17 years to life for shooting 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 pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his co-worker while on the job last summer has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison.

On Thursday, Westchester County District Attorney announced that Jenkins, 33, may still face life behind bars after he pleaded guilty to felony counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon after he deliberately shot his 47-year-old co-worker Richard Brown.

Jenkins was formerly a licensed security guard supervisor for the company that protects the Levister Towers apartment complex in Mount Vernon. Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on July 21 last summer, 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 DiFiore's office. The Mount Vernon Police Department initiated an investigation and quickly arrested Jenkins.

Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone, the Chief of the Homicide Bureau, prosecuted the case.

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