A Hudson Valley man is accused of shooting his friend in the head, chest, torso and back.

Over the weekend, a Lower Hudson Valley man was sentenced for murdering his friend.

Westchester County New York Man Sentenced For Murder

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Brian Jackson

Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced on Friday that 45-year-old John Bobbitt of Mount Vernon was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for the murder of 28-year-old Mount Vernon resident Kashawn Smith.

“Today, we have secured justice for Kashawn Smith and accountability for this defendant’s callous and violent crime," DA Rocah said.

A jury found Bobbitt guilty of murder and criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, after a three-week trial in February 2023.

Mount Vernon, New York Man Sentenced For Killing Friend


On April 28, 2020, around 10 p.m., Bobbitt used a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol to shoot Smith five times, hitting him in the head, chest, torso and back, on Millington Street in Mount Vernon.

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Smith was transported to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials note that Smith and Bobbitt knew each other before the murder.

Murder Suspect Arrested In New Jersey


Bobbitt was found and apprehended at a relative’s home in Newark, New Jersey, on July 13, 2020, following an investigation by the Mount Vernon Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Newark Police Department, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

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