WHITE PLAINS — A 24-year-old Yonkers man will serve 22 years to life in prison after, authorities said, he admitted in court this week to shooting and killing a man during a robbery.
Fritzgerald Lalanne, (left) of 77 Locust Hill Avenue, pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court Thursday to first-degree murder for the June 25 slaying of Jermaine McCallum, according to the District Attorney’s office.
McCallum, 31, was found shot in the lobby of 106 Locust Hill Ave. at 5:06 a.m. He was unconscious and not breathing. Police followed a blood trail and questioned a woman who lived upstairs, learning that McCallum had gone to 106 Locust Hill Avenue to visit an acquaintance when he was robbed and shot, the DA’s office said.
Police recovered a .380-caliber handgun during a search and found Lalanne a short time later. Lalanne admitted to police that he stole McCallum’s jewelry, which was later recovered, according to the DA’s office.
Lalanne also pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree attempted assault, also a felony, for a Sept. 8 attack in the Westchester County jail.
Acting state Supreme Court Justice Richard Molea will sentence him on the murder and assault charges on April 15.
He faced life without the possibility of parole if he had been convicted at a trial of first-degree murder.