Following a nearly two-week trial, Jamik Cannon, age 28, of Hempstead, was convicted by a jury for his role in the fatal shooting of Demetrius Winfield in October 2018.
Specifically, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said that Cannon was found guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Cannon’s trial began on Monday, May 3, and the conviction was announced on Friday, May 14.
Cannon’s co-conspirator, Brian Marshall-Gibson was sentenced last year to 20 years to life in prison for his role in the murder.
Singas said that at approximately 10:54 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2018, Marshall-Gibson’s victim, Winfield, was with a friend, a local cab driver on break, in front of a home on Wellesley Street in Hempstead.
At that point, Winfield and his friend were approached by Marshall-Gibson and Cannon, who repeatedly shot both of them.
According to investigators, the two fired off at least 15 shots in 14 seconds, striking Winfield in the face, chest, and groin. He was transported to Winthrop Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after being admitted.
The second victim continues to recover from his injuries, Singas noted.
Singas said that Cannon and Winfield knew each other, and had gotten into a disagreement days earlier at a Nassau County gas station. Both Cannon and Marshall-Gibson were arrested by investigators from the Nassau County Police Department on Dec. 11, 2018.
“The victim stood outside in the late-morning, talking to a friend, unaware of the defendants’ impending attack that would take his life,” Singas said. “We hope that this conviction provides some measure of closure for the family and friends of Demetrius Winfield who continue to mourn after this senseless act of violence.”
Following his conviction, Cannon was remanded into custody. When he is sentenced on Thursday, July 15, Cannon will face between 50 years and life in prison.
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