Mount Vernon man acquitted in 2009 fatal shooting

A Mount Vernon man has been found not guilty in last year’s shooting death of a 30-year-old man but was convicted of having an illegal loaded firearm.

A Westchester County jury acquitted 27-year-old William Robinson on Monday of second-degree murder in the Sept. 16, 2009 slaying of Shawn Andre McGee in front of 20 E. Fourth St.

McGee was shot multiple times in broad daylight in front of the building and later died at Mount Vernon Hospital. Robinson was arrested in Yonkers after an intense manhunt involving police dogs, a helicopter and heavily armed police officers.

Robinson became the prime suspect because of evidence found at the scene and tips from Mount Vernon residents, Mount Vernon Police Commissioner David Chong said last year. Chong also said Robinson and McGee had an ongoing dispute.

The jury also acquitted Robinson of first-degree manslaughter but found him guilty of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 16 by Westchester County Judge James W. Hubert., who presided over the three-week trial.

Robinson was represented by Allan Focarile, a veteran defense lawyer with the Westchester County Legal Aid Society. Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone Michelle Lopez prosecuted the case.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.