Boris Brown Found Guilty by Jury of Murder and Criminal Possession of a Weapon Devon Coughman Guilty of Criminal Possession of a Weapon

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the conviction of BORIS BROWN, 22, for fatally shooting seventeen-year-old Cheyenne Baez in East Harlem on October 3, 2010. A jury found BROWN guilty of Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. Co-defendant DEVON COUGHMAN, 24, was found guilty of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. The defendants are expected to be sentenced on June 25, 2012.

“The defendants displayed a shocking disregard for human life when they went to the A.K. Houses with a gun and one of the defendants, Boris Brown, fired into a crowd, murdering an innocent young woman,” said District Attorney Vance. “Our city has seen a historic drop in crime, but sadly, gun violence—particularly among young people—continues to plague our communities. In addition to prosecuting cases, my Office is committed to working with community leaders to take illegal guns off the streets and keep our neighborhoods safe. I thank the jury for their careful attention and service in this case.”

According to the evidence presented at trial, on October 3, 2010 at approximately 1:15 a.m., BROWN and COUGHMAN entered the courtyard of the A.K. Houses located at 112 E. 128th Street in an attempt to retrieve property they believed might have been stolen from them earlier in the day. BROWN displayed a pistol and fired several shots into a crowd assembled in the courtyard, where dozens of people were gathered. Seventeen-year-old Cheyenne Baez had been talking to friends in the courtyard when she heard the gunfire. She ran, but was struck in the back, collapsed at the scene, and was later pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital. Another victim, who was then 30 years old, was struck by a bullet in the leg, but survived the attack.

Assistant District Attorneys Larry Glasser and Alyssa Gunther handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney William Mahoney, Chief of Trial Bureau 60. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Searle and investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, led by Supervising Investigator Santiago Batista and Deputy Chief Investigator Robert Mooney, Detectives Richard Koprowski and Kevin Walla and the NYPD, Administrative Assistant Judith Osorio, and Trial Preparation Assistant Jessica Goldberg also assisted with the case. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Visual Evidence and Witness Aid Services Unit also provided invaluable assistance.

Defendant Information:

BORIS BROWN, D.O.B. 12/03/1989

New York, N.Y.


Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, two counts
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts

DEVON COUGHMAN, D.O.B. 09/20/1987

New York, N.Y.


Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count