On April 14th, 2023, Darnell Kidd of Yonkers was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for the murder of Jonathan Johnson.
The murder was the result of a drug deal turned robbery. On March 18th, 2011, Kidd, along with his associate Marcus Chambers, met with Johnson to purchase three ounces of marijuana. The duo met Johnson in his parked car on a residential street in White Plains. But, instead of purchasing the drugs, Kidd and Chambers planned to rob Johnson. In the act of doing so, Kidd pulled a pistol and shot Johnson.
Both Kidd and Chambers were both serving federal prison time in 2020 on unrelated charges when they were indicted for the murder of Johnson. Chambers pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 20 years imprisonment. Kidd chose to face trial instead. The trial lasted for eight days. And, on November 16th, 2022, a jury in federal court found Kidd guilty of murder through the use of a firearm.
Of the conviction, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said, “Darnell Kidd shot and killed Jonathan Johnson during a robbery. He now stands guilty of that murder. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate gun violence and pursue justice for the victims of violent crimes.“
Kidd’s trial was before U.S. District Judge Nelson S. Roman. And this same judge delivered the sentence on April 14th, 2023. The 35 years in prison Roman delivered was also coupled with five years of supervised release.