Yonkers man to serve 15 years in prison for killing teen, cat

A 20-year-old Yonkers man was sentenced today to serve 15 years to life in prison for shooting a former friend to death two years ago.

Shaman Irvin (left) apologized in court for killing 18-year-old Tyrone Stone, saying that he would give anything to take back his actions the afternoon of Sept. 30, 2009.

“I messed up my life,” he said.

Irvin shot Stone multiple times as he walked near 41 Morris St., just around the corner from his home. Stone was en route to see a friend, who had been shot hours earlier, police said.

At the time Stone was killed, Irvin had been charged with throwing his mother’s cat 14 floors to its death. Irvin told police he hated cats and had tossed his mother’s cat from her Warburton Avenue apartment window because it had sprayed urine on the floor and had scratched him, Yonkers police said. Kenneth Ross, chief of the Humane Law Enforcement Division of Westchester’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, had said Irvin showed no remorse when he was arrested for the cat killing.

Irvin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, a felony, in exchange for the 15-year-to-life sentence. He was facing 25 years to life if convicted at trial.
He also will serve 22 months in prison on a conviction of felony animal cruelty. That sentence will run concurrently, or at the same time, as the murder sentence.

Tyrone’s mother, Keiwanna Stone, said Irvin may have gotten “a taste of murder” after killing his mother’s cat, but she her son was shot because he refused to join a local gang.

“Shaman was pushed to do what he did,” she said. “It was a control thing.”

Keiwanna Stone gave a victim’s impact statement in court in which she asked Irvin why he killed her son and if he realized how much he hurt not only her and her family, but his own family and his chances for a good future.

“Your life is ruined now — ruined,” she told him.

Irvin said in court that he and Stone “were going through some rought times and things got out of hand,” but offered no further explanation.

Westchester County Judge Barbara Zambellli marvelled at Keiwanna Stone demeanor, saying she was “amazed and moved” at Stone’s willingness to forgive the man who murdered her son.

“She’s not a vengeful person,” Zambelli told Irvin. “She really cared about you.”

Keiwanna Stone said Irvin was living in a shelter after being thrown out of his home and fell in with a “bad crowd.” She said Irvin had visited her home and was even wearing her son’s clothes when Irvin shot him dead.

Tyrone became afraid of Irvin and his new group of friends, his mother said, recalling how he would look out of the window before leaving the house to make sure they weren’t there.

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.