18-Year-Old Sentenced for 2020 Murder in Yonkers

Westchester County District Attorney, Mimi Rocah, recently announced that an 18-year-old from Dover, Delaware, has been sentenced to nine years to life in state prison for the 2020 murder of Yonkers resident, Javon Merrill.

“Today’s sentence is justice for Javon Merrill’s family and holds this defendant accountable for committing this cold-blooded murder.”

Miriam E. Rocah – Westchester District Attorney

On October 27th, 2020, 27-year-old Javon Merrill, was exiting a store on Ashburton Avenue in Yonkers when Maliki Johnson, then a 15-year-old from Dover, Delaware, used a .38 pistol to shoot him in the chest. Following the shooting, Johnson fled the scene and discarded a sweatshirt which was later recovered by the police. DNA evidence from the sweatshirt was linked to Johnson, leading to his arrest.

An investigation into the shooting was conducted by the Yonkers Police Department, with assistance from the Westchester County Department of Laboratories and Research. The investigation utilized video surveillance, DNA forensics, and witness interviews to identify Johnson as the shooter. He was arrested on August 4th, 2021, in Dover, Delaware. He was then arraigned on an indictment in Westchester County on August 10th, with assistance from the Dover Police Department and the United States Marshals Service First State Fugitive Task Force.

Johnson pleaded guilty to Murder in the Second Degree on March 3rd, 2023. The case was before Judge Helen Blackwood in the Youth Part, and was prosecuted by Homicide Bureau Chief Lana Hochheiser and Assistant District Attorney Celia Curtis. He was given a sentence of nine years to life in state prison.

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