Judge sentences man to 31 years in prison for fatal shooting of 13-year-old girl in Mount Vernon

A stray bullet aimed for a rival gang member struck and killed 13-year-old Shamoya McKenzie, who was sitting in the passenger seat of her mom's car.

News 12 Staff

Sep 21, 2021, 7:09 PM

Updated 998 days ago

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A Mount Vernon gang member who confessed to fatally shooting a rising teen basketball star has been sentenced to 31 years in prison.
A federal judge in White Plains imposed the sentence on 26-year-old David Hardy on Tuesday.
Hardy confessed to a gang-related shooting on New Year's Eve in 2016.
A stray bullet aimed for a rival gang member struck and killed 13-year-old Shamoya McKenzie, who was sitting in the passenger seat of her mom's car.
After nearly five years of waiting for justice for her daughter, Nadine McKenzie said she was disappointed with the sentence.
“He should have gotten the maximum sentence, because he deserves it,” she said.
Hardy was facing the possibility of life in prison.
His lawyer had asked for a 20-year sentence, arguing that he had accepted responsibility and suffered from years of untreated drug and mental health issues.


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