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New Rochelle Man, 20, Sentenced For Murdering Iona College Student

Stivenson Desir
Stivenson Desir Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A 20-year-old from New Rochelle has been sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison after being found guilty of murdering an Iona College student last year.

On Wednesday, Westchester County Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced that Stivenson Desir had been sentenced to prison time after being found guilty by a jury of one count of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after being found guilty of shooting and killing Iona student Brandon Lawrence in Lincoln Park one year ago.

According to police, at approximately 3:24 a.m. on April 3 last year, the department received multiple calls of gunshots in the area of Lincoln Park. Upon arrival, first responders found a male victim inside the park, bleeding. Officers immediately began first aid, and an ambulance was dispatched, but Lawrence was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

The fatal shooting launched an intensive joint investigation that was carried out by the New Rochelle Police Department and District Attorney’s Office that revealed both Desir and Lawrence had attended a party at an apartment described as off-campus housing used by Iona College.

Following the party, a small group then made their way to Lincoln Park, where they starting fighting. During the fight, Desir took out a handgun and fired several shots, hitting Lawrence in the torso once, resulting in his death.

Following his sentencing, Desir was remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

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