A 26-year-old man can spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted on all charges related to the murder of a teenage boy and the attempted murder of two others in Westchester.
Yonkers' Joel Thompson was found guilty of second degree murder by a jury last year for being implicated in the death of 16-year-old Madonsen Denman of Yonkers. after a long process.
Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah announced that Thompson has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of custody after his release on his conviction late last week.
Police said the fatal escape occurred at around 9:40 a.m. on December 20, 2017, as officers responded to a call for a dispute near Neppherhan and Ashburton avenues in Yonkers.
It was alleged that Denman and Thompson were involved in a check cashing program and that the two fell for the crash, prosecutors said.
Thompson, Denman and their boyfriend exchanged words on social media and text messages about their cuts from the program before a physical battle later erupted. Thompson then got in his car and drove onto the sidewalk, into Denman and her boyfriend, pressing their body against a wall and killing them.
None of Thompson's potential victims, Omar Ramos and Monty Anthony, were injured.
Denman was pinned against a wall after being hit by Thompson and sustaining head and internal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police ran a screen in the area, and patrolmen were able to arrest Thompson without further incident on Saw Mill River Road.
"You worn us down, you tore us apart, you deliberately broke me and my siblings … all my family … all of Madysen's friends to pieces," said one of Denman's sisters at Thompson's conviction.
Rocah added, "Madysen Denman was only 16 when her life was ended because of Joel Thompson's actions, and her family lost their daughter and sister far too early."
"Given the horrific nature of this crime, I hope that the family and community can find some consolation in seeing Thompson held accountable for his actions."
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