Maximum sentence for convicted accomplice in fatal robbery

A 28-year-old man who was convicted in a deadly robbery of a suspected Mount Vernon drug dealer two years ago has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Keith Wilkinson received the maximum sentence last week after being found guilty of murder, robbery, burglary, gun possession and assault, in the fatal shooting of 38-year-old Leaton Burke.

Westchester County prosecutors said Wilkinson was probably not the shooter but was equally guilty because he “acted in concert” with those who killed Burke and beat up his roommate. The shooter and the other attacker were never caught.

Burke was shot once in the head, execution style, at his home at 613 S. 10th Ave. on Jan. 27, 2009. Wilkinson was arrested a year later after police got a tip that he confessed to his role in the fatal robbery.

Wilkinson has maintained his innocence and said he had nothing to do with the robbery. No forensic evidence tied him to the crime scene, but several police officers said he confessed to participating in the crime.

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.