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Three Plead Guilty In Shooting Death Of Yonkers Pro Baseball Prospect

Bronx natives Nashaun Hunter, Darren Dawson and Tejmitra Singh have pleaded guilty, while Mount Vernon resident Garth O’Neil Cole is due back in court next month for their roles in the shooting death of Michael Nolan. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Yonkers resident and former Oakland Athletics prospect Michael Nolan. Photo Credit: MiLB

YONKERS, N.Y. -- A trio of Bronx men have pleaded guilty for their roles in the shooting death of 23-year-old Yonkers resident and Oakland Athletics baseball prospect Michael Nolan.

On Wednesday, acting Westchester County District Attorney announced that after pleading not guilty of multiple charges earlier this year in regards to the shooting, Nashaun Hunter, 17, has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, while Tejmitra Singh, 23, and Darren Dawson, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault. All are violent felonies.

A fourth suspect, Garth O’Neil Cole, 23, has also been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree assault.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 last year, Nolan was standing outside of his Mercedes outside at the Burger King on Central Park Avenue when six shots rang out of the Toyota Camry being driven by the four defendants, with one of the bullets hitting Nolan in the head.

Nolan was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where he was put into a coma before being declared dead on Oct. 9.

The Yonkers Police Department and Westchester County District Attorney’s office launched an investigation that determined that the shooting was “in retaliation for the beating of an individual known to the suspects and related to events that took place during a drag race two nights prior.”

“The allegations in the indictment are frightening,” McCarty stated. “It’s alleged that Nashaun Hunter aided and abetted by Garth O’Neil Cole, Darren Dawson and Tejmitra Singh piled into a car and drove to a fast food restaurant at which point the car they were in slowed so that Hunter could fire six shots and kill Michael Nolan, an innocent young man with a promising future.”

The four defendants remain remanded to the Westchester County Jail. Hunter, Singh and Dawson will be sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Cole is due back in court on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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