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Nyanda Charley, who had pleaded guilty last year to murdering Neville Webb, denied in court this morning that he was the one who pulled the trigger that night and said he was pressured to confess to the crime.
But acting state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Loehr said Charley entered his guilty plea “knowingly and voluntarily” in September, and imposed the lengthy prison sentence for causing Webb’s death.
Webb, a father of five who immigrated from Jamaica, was working as a security guard at Oakwood Gardens Apartments on East Lincoln Avenue when he tried to confront a group of youths who were throwing eggs at cars as a Halloween prank.
As he approached the group, police said, Charley sneaked up behind Webb and shot him twice – in the head and chest. Webb, who was armed but never drew his weapon, died the next day.
Four days after the shooting, police arrested Charley, who’d had prior run-ins with Webb. His death sparked a weeklong outpouring of outrage and sorrow in the city.
Charley had admitted to shooting 52-year-old Neville Webb on Halloween in 2007. The guard had tried to chase off a group of youths throwing eggs near the Mount Vernon apartment complex where he was working.
Webb worked as a prison guard in Jamaica for 25 years before coming to the United States in 2005. His family said his organs were donated to nine people.
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Charley faces up to life in prison when sentenced in December. Webb had spent a quarter-century as a prison guard in Jamaica before coming to the United States in 2005.
MOUNT VERNON N.Y. Nov. 3 2007 – A 52-year-old security guard from North White Plains who was on life support after being shot in the head and chest by thugs who threw eggs at his car on Halloween died last night with family at his hospital bedside, police said.
“This senseless, heinous crime is now categorized as murder,” Mount Vernon police Commissioner David Chong said today. “The Mount Vernon Police Department will leave no stone unturned in efforts to bring the murderers of Mr. Neville Webb to justice.”
Webb, the father of council candidate Chris Webb, was also a father figure for the residents of the Oakwood Gardens Apartments at 630 E. Lincoln Ave., the complex where he was on duty as a gun-carrying security guard the night he was shot.
Webb, who had been on a respirator and was never well enough after the shooting to speak to detectives about what happened, was declared brain dead about 10:30 p.m. at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
During a news conference today, Webb’s son talked about his father’s life.
Webb was a self-educated man who joined the correction department in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of 26, his son said.
“They may have came to his jail as criminals, but he helped so many of them,” Webb said of his father’s time in Jamaica. “So many people in the ghettos of Kingston respected him, loved him.”
Chris Webb also took the opportunity to address the families of the teens involved in the shooting.
“I want to reach out once again to the families – the families of these people that took someone from my family – we do not hate you,” said Webb, his voice rising with emotion. “We pray for you.”
Police interviewed people at headquarters last night and are interviewing more people today, Chong said.
No one has been charged yet.
“We are gathering up all the evidence to ensure that when we do make an arrest, this case will be rock solid,” the commissioner said.
The family, meanwhile was taking the death hard, said Chong, who took a personal interest in the shooting from the beginning.
“This goes to the core of what every one of us tries to do – to go to work and make a decent living – and then this happens,” he said.