States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|May 31, 2011||
FORMER BRIDGEPORT RESIDENT FOUND
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LARRY CORBETT, also known as “China Man,” 39, of Bridgeport, was found guilty today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford of murder, kidnapping, drug and weapons violations related to the January 2008 death of George McPherson of the Bronx, New York.
“As a result of today’s verdict, a violent man will be removed from society,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein. “I want to commend the extraordinary investigative efforts by members of the Greenwich Police Department who, with the assistance of the DEA, New York Police Department and Metropolitan Police Department in Washington quickly identified and arrested this defendant. Also, I want to commend the Stamford/Norwalk State’s Attorney’s Office for its partnership in the successful prosecution of this matter.”
According to the evidence presented during a bench trial in this matter that occurred between March 28 and April 6, George McPherson was a resident of the Bronx, New York, who sometimes supplied CORBETT with distribution quantities of marijuana. Between January 8 and January 14, 2008, CORBETT arranged to purchase approximately 27 pounds of marijuana from McPherson. During a phone conversation on the night of January 13 or the early morning of January 14, CORBETT asked an associate to assist him in the robbery of a Jamaican drug dealer in New York the following day, and described the robbery target as an older male who trusted CORBETT and had allowed him into his home for prior marijuana transactions. CORBETT’s associate declined to participate in the robbery.
On the morning of January 14, 2008, CORBETT drove his wife’s green minivan to McPherson’s residence in the Bronx. After luring McPherson into the car, CORBETT, and possibly another unidentified individual, drove McPherson away against his will, robbed him of the marijuana he was prepared to sell CORBETT, and shot and killed McPherson with two shots from a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. CORBETT then drove to Connecticut and disposed of McPherson’s body on Sterling Road in Greenwich.
In addition to witness testimony, the government’s evidence included swabs of bloodstains from the recovered minivan that contained McPherson’s DNA, and a video from a Greenwich resident’s security system that showed a green minivan backing up to and then traveling away from the area where McPherson’s body was found.
CORBETT has been detained since his arrest by the Greenwich Police Department on January 29, 2008.
Judge Droney found CORBETT guilty of one count of kidnapping resulting in death, and one count of causing the death of George McPherson through the use of a firearm in perpetration of a robbery (felony murder). Both of these charges carry a mandatory term of imprisonment of life. CORBETT also was found guilty of one count of interference with commerce through the use of violence, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a narcotics trafficking offense. He was found not guilty of murdering McPherson with premeditation. Sentencing is scheduled for August 18, 2011.
This matter was investigated by the Greenwich Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New York Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. Expert testimony concerning DNA analysis was provided by the State of Connecticut’s Forensic Science Laboratory.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney H. Gordon Hall and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Maureen Ornousky who has been cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.
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