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MONWELL WRIGHT MUG SHOT

MONWELL WRIGHT MUG SHOT

The homeless man charged in a Polish Town armed robbery attempt last month last month may have connections to “similar” incidents in the area, county prosecutors said at the man’s arraignment Thursday morning.

Monwell Wright, 20, was indicted by a grand jury and charged with two counts of felony attempted robbery, and one count each of felony and misdemeanor assault before Judge William Condon in Suffolk County court.

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10/01/13 12:00pm
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JOE PINCIARO PHOTOS |  Ishawn Jackson, Jhmil Dawson and Lavon Dawson being escorted into town court on Thursday.

JOE PINCIARO PHOTOS | Ishawn Jackson, Jhmil Dawson and Lavon Dawson being escorted into town court on Thursday.

The three men accused of robbing a Riverhead pharmacy at gunpoint last week have been indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury, town court officials said.

Jhmil Dawson, 26 of Coram, his younger brother, Lavon Dawson,17, of Riverhead, and Ishawn Jackson, 16, of Calverton, were indicted by the grand jury on Monday, prosecutors said at the three mens’ town court appearances that afternoon.

Additional information about the charges the men were indicted on or their arraignment dates was not immediately available.

During a court appearance last Thursday, assistant district attorney Tisha Burrows said Lavon Dawson confessed to police that he held a handgun during Wednesday’s armed robbery, pointing it at an employee at the store to force them to the floor in an attempt to steal money and cigarettes.

Mr. Dawson also said he was involved in a January armed robbery at the same store, she said. The trio are now being investigated in connection with several pharmacy robberies throughout Suffolk County, prosecutors said.

Lavon Dawson had been charged with first-degree attempted robbery and first-degree robbery, both felonies. Jhmil Dawson and Ishawn Jackson also faced first-degree attempted robbery charges.

Mr. Dawson was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony.

Lavon Dawson and Mr. Jackson are being held at Suffolk County jail on $100,000 bail each.

Jhmil Dawson is being held without bail due to his prior criminal history, court officials said.

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08/14/13 5:00pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Jasmine Parsons is led into Riverhead Town Justice Court for her arraignment in February.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Jasmine Parsons is led into Riverhead Town Justice Court for her arraignment in February.

A former Riverhead woman who was the driver in a February drive-by shooting of a Third Street home has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Jasmine Parsons, 20, now of Mastic, had pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment, a class “D” felony, before Judge William Condon in July for her role in the shooting. She was sentenced Tuesday in Suffolk County Criminal Court.

In addition to her sentence, Judge Condon issued an order of protection for one of the residents of the home, said DA spokesman Robert Clifford.

The DA’s office had requested Ms. Parsons be sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years, Mr. Clifford said, adding that her plea agreement was between the court and her attorneys, not with prosecutors.

The judge also recommended Ms. Parsons be put into the Willard drug rehabilitation program, a 90-day stint in an upstate treatment center that would immediately lead to probation upon completion. Assistant District Attorney Carl Borelli said in court that Ms. Parsons should not be considered for the program, Mr. Clifford said.

The four people accused in the Feb. 13 shooting were quickly caught when a police officer spotted them fleeing the scene.

Two of the other three people charged in the shooting, Eric Baldwin Jr. of Bellport and Jordan Harrell of Medford, pleaded guilty earlier this year.

The man accused of firing seven rounds into the occupied Third Street home, Jeffrey Despeines, 21, of Centereach, is still facing three felony charges in the incident.

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07/15/13 1:11pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Jasmine Parsons is led into Riverhead Town Justice Court for her arraignment in February.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Jasmine Parsons is led into Riverhead Town Justice Court for her arraignment in February.

A former Riverhead woman who was behind the wheel of a car allegedly used in a February drive-by shooting has pleaded guilty in Suffolk County criminal court, court records show.

Two of the other three people charged in the shooting pleaded guilty earlier this year.

The man accused of firing seven rounds into the occupied Third Street home still faces felony charges.

Jasmine Parsons, 20, now of Mastic, pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment, a class “D” felony, before Judge William Condon in a Riverside courtroom Friday, records show.

The felony carries a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison. Additional information about Ms. Parsons’ plea was not immediately available.

Eric Baldwin Jr. of Bellport and Jordan Harrell of Medford — who were both in the car when it was pulled over moments after the shooting — had already pleaded guilty to the same felony reckless endangerment charge Ms. Parsons was indicted on.

Mr. Baldwin also pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge stemming from brass knuckles police found during his arrest.

Ms. Parsons, Mr. Baldwin, and Mr. Harrell were all charged because they acted “in concert” in the shooting, according to a grand jury indictment.

The man prosecutors say shot a Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun at the Third Street home, Jeffrey Despeines, 21, of Centereach, is still facing three felony charges in the incident.

Like the others, he pleaded not guilty at his initial arraignments.

Ms. Parsons, who was then 19 years old, was the driver of the Ford Taurus that police say left the scene of the shooting just before 9 p.m. on Feb. 13.

A nearby officer on patrol said he saw the car driving away from where he heard gun shots. The police officer then trailed the car before pulling it over, arresting the group on nearby Peconic Avenue.

Prosecutors said they found spent shell casings on the floor of the car. They were later matched to “at least” one bullet dug from the house, prosecutors said.

Mr. Despeines also had a spent magazine in his shirt pocket and was carrying a loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber semiautomatic handgun at the time of his arrest, prosecutors said. He is also accused of defacing the registration on the gun.

Though the bullets tore through the house siding and into the bedroom and living rooms of two families living in the home, none of the people inside at the time of the shooting were injured.

Ms. Parsons is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 13, according to online records. She is being held in Suffolk County jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond, and has an additional $5,000 bail set for a violation of probation, jail officials said.

Mr. Baldwin is expected to be sentenced on Aug. 15, while Mr. Harrell had a sentencing date scheduled for today, Monday, that was adjourned to a later date, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

Mr. Despeines is due in court on July 25.

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02/27/13 2:28pm
02/27/2013 2:28 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | (L-R) Eric Baldwin Jr., Jasmine Parsons, Jeffrey Despeines and Jordan Harrell, were all arraigned on felony reckless endangerment charges Thursday morning.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | (L-R) Eric Baldwin Jr., Jasmine Parsons, Jeffrey Despeines and Jordan Harrell, as they were led into Riverhead court Feb. 14. They were later indicted by a grand jury.

A bullet found at the scene of a Third Street drive-by shooting earlier this month matches shell casings found in the car from which four people were arrested after the shooting prosecutors said in Suffolk County criminal courtroom Wednesday.

Three of the four people arrested in connection with the shooting pleaded not guilty to felony reckless endangerment and weapons charges after being indicted by a grand jury. Eric Baldwin Jr., 18, of Bellport, Jordan Harrell, 18, of Medford, and former Riverhead resident Jasmine Parsons, 19, now of Mastic, are facing first-degree reckless endangerment charges.

Mr. Baldwin was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon after police found he had brass knuckles during his arrest.

The alleged shooter, Jeffrey Despeines, 21, of Centereach, had his arraignment moved to Friday.

Riverhead Town police responded to the house on Third Street just before 9 p.m. on Feb. 13 after hearing gunfire. A nearby officer on patrol said he saw a Ford Taurus leaving the scene of the shooting and stopped the car soon after, arresting the group on nearby Peconic Avenue, police said.

Authorities said they found spent shell casings on the floor of the car, allegedly driven by Ms. Parsons. Those casings were later matched to “at least” one bullet dug from the house, prosecutors said. Police also discovered Mr. Despeines had a spent magazine in his shirt pocket at the time of his arrest and had a loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber semiautomatic handgun, prosecutors said.

The assistant district attorney at Wednesday’s arraignment also revealed the registration on the gun had been defaced.

Mr. Despeines is accused of being the shooter in the drive-by, allegedly firing seven rounds into a two-family house with several adults and two young children inside.

No one was injured in the incident.

Mr. Baldwin had a prior arrest for third-degree assault in 2011 adjudicated, prosecutors said. In previous court appearances, prosecutors had said Mr. Baldwin is involved in a gang. Mr. Baldwin’s defense attorney said he lived with his parents and asked for nominal bail to be set.

Judge William Condon said Mr. Baldwin had failed to appear in court several times during his “albeit brief” criminal history. Mr. Baldwin was held in Suffolk County jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.

Ms. Parsons, the alleged driver in the drive-by shooting, has an “extensive criminal history” including a prior conviction for attempted robbery, prosecutors said.

She is currently on probation after serving a six-month sentence. She was also held on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.

Mr. Harrell has three pending cases in Suffolk County court, authorities said, one for endangering the welfare of a child in November 2011, one for criminal contempt in February 2011 and a pending felony assault charge from last October. He was held at Suffolk County jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.

Mr. Despeines was scheduled to be arraigned on grand jury charges as the shooter in the drive-by, but his lawyer did not attend court Wednesday afternoon. His arraignment was rescheduled to Friday.

A friend of Ms. Parsons and the family of Mr. Harrell attended the court proceedings to support the suspects.

Toni Harrell, Mr. Harrell’s mother, said her son was helping her with groceries the day of the shooting when he told her he was going to take a ride with Mr. Baldwin, Ms. Harrell’s cousin.

She said her son didn’t know the other people in the car and rejected the prosecutor’s claim that he had an “apparent gang affiliation.”

“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Ms. Harrell said. “He didn’t have anything to do with this.”

Mr. Harrell will be a father in April, his mother added.

“He wants to come home to see his son born,” she said.

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02/27/13 12:40am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | (L-R) Eric Baldwin Jr., Jasmine Parsons, Jeffrey Despeines and Jordan Harrell, were all arraigned on felony reckless endangerment charges Thursday morning.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | (L-R) Eric Baldwin Jr., Jasmine Parsons, Jeffrey Despeines and Jordan Harrell, as they were led into Riverhead Justice Court Feb. 14.

Three men and a woman arrested after a drive-by shooting on Third Street in Riverhead Feb. 13 will be arraigned on a grand jury indictment Wednesday in Suffolk County criminal court, prosecutors said.

The four, Jeffrey Despeines, 21, of Centereach, Jordan Harrell, 18, of Medford, Eric Baldwin Jr., 18, of Bellport, and Jasmine Parsons, 19, of Mastic (formerly of Rivrhead) made initial court appearances in Riverhead Justice Court and have since been held at the county jail in Riverside awaiting grand jury deliberations.

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The indictment will be unsealed and the charges outlined in Judge William Condon’s courtroom Wednesday.

Riverhead Town police responded to the scene upon hearing the shots just before 9 p.m. that Wednesday night and stopped a car soon after, arresting the group on nearby Peconic Avenue after spotting spent shell casings on the car’s floorboard, police and prosecutors said.

Mr. Despeines is accused of being the shooter in the drive-by, allegedly firing seven rounds into a two-family house with several adults and two young children inside.  No one was injured in the incident.

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