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Getaway Driver Found Guilty In 2010 Yonkers Shooting

A jury found English Thomas, 29, of Uniondale, guilty Friday for his role in a 2010 shooting that killed a Yonkers woman.
A jury found English Thomas, 29, of Uniondale, guilty Friday for his role in a 2010 shooting that killed a Yonkers woman. Photo Credit: Westchester County DA

YONKERS, N.Y. – A Westchester County jury has found a Long Island man guilty for his role as a getaway driver in a 2010 shooting that killed a Yonkers woman and injured her husband and 12-year-old daughter.

English Thomas, 29, of Uniondale, N. Y., was convicted Friday on multiple counts, including second-degree murder, in connection with the murder of Sandra Hackley and the shootings of her husband, Rafael Cornielle, and their daughter.

Prosecutors say that on April 21, 2010, shortly before 7:30 pm, Hackley arrived home at her apartment with her husband and two daughters.

A man was recorded on video surveillance entering the apartment building under the ruse of delivering a package to Hackley.  Additional video surveillance in the lobby showed a second man had already entered the apartment building and was waiting near Hackley’s apartment.

When the victim’s husband opened the apartment door to accept the “delivery”, the two gunmen, identified as Charles Parsley, 29, and Kasaun White, 30, both of Rockville Centre, pushed their way into the apartment and fired their handguns.

The victim’s husband was shot several times in the doorway before running into the street. Hackley was shot five times in the living room and died at the scene. Her 12-year-old daughter was shot once in the leg.

Prosecutors say Parsley and White ran through the front door of the building, out onto Yonkers Avenue, before getting into a dark colored pick-up truck driven by Thomas.

Yonkers police launched an extensive investigation, prosecutors said, and developed information that led them to the three suspects in Nassau County. No motive for the killing was determined.

Both Parsley and White have been previously convicted for their role in the shooting, with each sentenced to 75 years to life in state prison.

“Innovative crime scene analysis and forensic work and continued shoe leather investigative work encompassing the metropolitan area by the detectives of the Yonkers Police Department are what led to the convictions of the first two defendants and today’s conviction of the third,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore in a statement after the verdict.

Thomas was convicted Friday of second-degree murder, assault, burglary and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies.  He faces up to 25 years in state prison on the top count of the indictment when he is sentenced on May 21.

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