Conviction of man who shot just-released prisoner upheld

GOSHEN – A former New York City man, who was found guilty of attempted murder and other charges for shooting a man who had just been released from Otisville Correctional Facility has lost the appeal to his conviction.

Another man, Edgar Wilson, picked up the victim as he was released after serving 15 ½ years in the state prison on an assault conviction.

Wilson picked him up on the pretense that friends were waiting for him. He drove a short distance and pulled over. That’s when the victim saw the other man, Jerome Mack, an old enemy, standing by the open trunk of the car.

As the victim began to run, Mack fired a gun hitting him in the back and arm. Both Mack and Wilson were arrested in New York City.

Mack appealed his conviction to the state Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, but the appeals court rejected his argument. The appeals court also rejected his argument that certain remarks made by the prosecutor during summation were improper and deprived him of a fair trial.

Mack, 41, is serving a 30-year prison term on the conviction for attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm, conspiracy and criminal possession of stolen property.

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