Guilty verdict in Tarrytown murder


WHITE PLAINS – A jury has convicted a New York City man of the murder of a Tarrytown woman in 2018.

On the evening of February 27, Cynell Brown, 32, used a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol to shoot 34-year-old Jessica Wiltse two times in the chest and arm in her home. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

As detailed at the trial, police recovered the gun Brown used to murder Wiltse in a garbage can at a bus stop near the victim’s home as well as a suitcase near with papers from Brown’s name and phone number.

Police also recovered a bag of cocaine that Brown had discarded from the window of a taxicab as he fled the scene.

Investigators also obtained surveillance video showing Brown purchasing a number of grocery items the night before the murder that were later recovered from the victim’s home.

Brown was found guilty on November 16 of murder, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah said Brown faces from 15 years to life in prison to 25 years to life in prison when sentenced in January 2023.


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