ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Boston man who authorities say killed an upstate New York police officer and wounded one other in an ambush after having fatally shot two different individuals throughout a three-day spree of violence final 12 months was convicted Friday of a number of homicide costs and different crimes.
A Monroe County jury discovered Kelvin Vickers, 22, responsible of killing Rochester officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz and two different males, in addition to wounding officer Sino Seng and one other man.
Sentencing was set for Dec. 7, and Vickers faces as much as life in jail with out the potential of parole.
Vickers’ lawyer, Michael Schiano, stated an enchantment of the verdicts is deliberate, partially as a result of there was no conclusive proof that Vickers was the shooter. He additionally criticized the choice to have one trial for each the shootings of the officers and the shootings of the opposite males.
“They put these two homicide indictments collectively and I believe primarily based on that, it was very troublesome to have a good trial,” Schiano stated in a cellphone interview Friday night time.
Vickers had been referred to as to Rochester by a drug-selling group to assist in a turf battle towards one other group, Monroe County District Lawyer Sandra Doorley stated. Vickers had a prolonged felony document within the Boston space, she stated.
Within the early morning hours of July 20, 2022, in Rochester, prosecutors stated, Vickers shot three males, killing Richard Collinge and MyJel Rand and wounding Tireek Burden, who survived.
The following day, Mazurkiewicz and Seng have been on an undercover, plainclothes element staking out an space due to violence there. They have been in an unmarked van when Vickers snuck up and fired quite a few pictures, authorities stated. One penetrated a home and wounded a 15-year-old lady inside.
Prosecutors stated Vickers additionally was accountable for a automotive fireplace that unfold to a home.
Vickers was convicted of aggravated homicide of a police officer, 4 counts of first-degree homicide, second-degree homicide, a number of assault costs, arson and a number of counts of felony possession of a weapon.
“Over 72 hours, Kelvin Vickers brought about chaos and mayhem within the metropolis of Rochester,” Doorley stated in a press release. “There is just one course beneath legislation that’s applicable for Kelvin Vickers. That may be for him to spend the remainder of his life within the New York State Division of Corrections.”