Twenty-five years to life for murder of Tarrytown mother

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Gun Cynell Brown tossed in garbage can after shooting Jessica Wiltse to death

WHITE PLAINS – A 32-year-old New York City man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the 2018 murder of a Tarrytown mother.

Westchester County District Attorney and Tarrytown Police Chief John Barbelet said Cynell Brown shot and killed Jessica Wiltse, 34, in her home at about 7:10 a.m. on February 27, 2018. He shot her twice – the chest and arm – with a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in her White Plains Road home. She was pronounced dead at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

Chief Barbelet called the killing “a vicious crime” solved through the efforts of several investigators and law enforcement personnel.

During the investigation, police recovered the gun used in the murder in a garbage can at a bus stop near Wiltse’s home and a suitcase near the garbage with papers that contained her name and phone number.

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

Officers also had surveillance video showing Brown purchasing groceries the night before the murder that were later recovered from the victim’s home.