Mount Vernon man sentenced to life in prison for murder

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WHITE PLAINS – A 39-year-old Mount Vernon man was sentenced in Westchester County Court to 25 years to life in state prison following his July conviction for the 2020 murder of another man.

On May 5, 2020, at about 1:45 a.m., Negus Kirton chased 21-year-old Michael Toro of Mount Vernon, on a city street 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.

Mount Vernon Police arrested Kirton on October 2, 2020, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, following a joint investigation. Criminal investigators from Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah’s office assisted in the investigation.

After a weeklong trial in June, a jury found Kirton guilty of murder and criminal possession of a weapon.