Jury finds Mount Vernon man guilty of murder

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WHITE PLAINS – Following a weeklong trial in Westchester County Court, Mount Vernon resident Negus Kirton was convicted of the 2020 fatal shooting of 21-year-old Michael Toro of Mount Vernon.

Kirton, 39, was found guilty on July 1 of murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

He faces from 15 years to life to 25 years to life in state prison when sentenced in August.

At about 1:5 a.m. on May 5, 2020, Kirton chased Toro in Mount Vernon and shot him in the back and head. Kirton then approached Toro, who was laying on the ground, and shot him again. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Mount Vernon Police Department arrested Kirton on October 2, 2020, following an investigation with the aid of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and criminal investigators from the Westchester DA’s Office, said District Attorney Miriam Rocah.