DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF DAN EVANS ON ALL CHARGES IN MURDER TRIAL

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced a guilty verdict in the trial of DAN EVANS, 26, on murder and other charges relating to two separate violent incidents in East Harlem that occurred three years apart from each other. A jury convicted the defendant of all of the counts in the two indictments: Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, and Assault in the Second Degree. The defendant faces a potential maximum of 90 years to life in prison at his sentencing on July 19, 2011.

“Today’s conviction is the result of five years of dogged investigative work on difficult cases, one of which had no eyewitnesses come forward,” said District Attorney Vance. “Both attacks were random, senseless acts of gun violence that victimized innocent bystanders, including a young mother fatally shot while sitting outside in her pajamas on a hot night, and a child shot while playing on a basketball court. Thanks to the persistence of our prosecutors and the detectives in the NYPD, we were able to deliver justice today for the family of Lesenia Figueroa, as well as the surviving victims.”

As proven at trial, at approximately 9 p.m. on August 16, 2006, EVANS arrived at East 117th Street between First and Pleasant Avenues to retaliate for a gang-related shooting that had occurred the evening before. He began firing shots in the general direction of a group of his rivals, and one struck a 26-year-old-mother, in the back of the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The defendant remained unapprehended.

On the afternoon of June 15, 2009, as proven at trial, EVANS and another individual began shooting at each other on the basketball courts of the East River Houses, firing 13 shots in all between them. An 11-year-old boy was struck in the ankle and a 77-year-old man was hit in the buttocks; both victims were treated at the hospital for their injuries and survived.

EVANS was arrested on August 31, 2009 for the 2009 shooting. Two recorded statements made by the defendant linking him to the crimes were corroborated by witnesses, which allowed the 2009 case to be joined with the 2006 murder case later that year.

District Attorney Vance thanked Assistant District Attorneys Dafna Yoran and Lucy Lang for prosecuting this case, with assistance from Deputy Chief of the Investigation Bureau Robert Mooney and Trial Preparation Assistant Griffin Kenyon. District Attorney Vance also thanks the NYPD, including members of the 23rd and 25th Police Precincts.


Defendant Information:

DAN EVANS, D.O.B. 5/18/1985
New York, N.Y.

Convicted:

Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-I violent felony, one count
Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B violent felony, one count
Assault in the First Degree, a class B violent, one count
Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C violent, one count
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, two counts
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent, one count
Assault in the Second Degree, a class D violent, one count

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