Westchester jury finds man guilty in fatal stabbing


WHITE PLAINS – A Yonkers man was convicted of manslaughter following a three-week trial in Westchester County Court.

Byron Stinson, 39, was found guilty of manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, both as felonies. A predicate felony offender, he faces a sentence ranging from three to six years to 7 ½ to 15 years in state prison.

On April 24, 2019 at about 4:30 p.m., Stinson and Yonkers resident Michael Federico were sitting in a parked car on Whetstone Avenue in Yonkers using narcotics.

The two argued and Stinson fatally stabbed Federico in the neck with a kitchen knife. Stinson fled the scene and Federico gout out of the car and collapsed on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yonkers Police identified Stinson as a suspect after interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video.

He later surrendered to Yonkers Police and was arrested.

“A life was needlessly lost the night of Byron Stinson’s callous attack,” said District Attorney Miriam Rocah. “This verdict underscores the important of holding violent criminals accountable and our commitment to getting justice for any family who has ever had to unnecessarily mourn the loss of a loved one.”

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