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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 20, 2021

Yonkers Man Pleads Guilty To March 2011 Murder

Damian Williams, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MARCUS CHAMBERS, 30, a/k/a “Chino,” a/k/a “Chi D,” a/k/a “SP,” pled guilty today to participating in the murder of Jonathan Johnson, 21, on March 18, 2011, in White Plains, New York.  

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “In March 2011, Jonathan Johnson was shot dead, the victim of senseless drug-related violence.  Marcus Chambers has now admitted to participating in the murder while robbing Johnson of marijuana.  Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our law enforcement partners, Chambers now faces significant prison time for this terrible crime.”

According to the allegations in the Indictment and statements made in public court proceedings[1]:

On or about March 18, 2011, CHAMBERS and his codefendant Darnell Kidd murdered Jonathan Johnson by shooting him during the course of an armed robbery for marijuana in White Plains, New York. CHAMBERS arranged by phone to purchase the marijuana from Johnson.  CHAMBERS and Kidd met with Johnson to rob him of marijuana, and during the robbery, Johnson was shot and killed.

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CHAMBERS pled guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951 and 18 U.S.C. § 2, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.  In connection with his guilty plea, CHAMBERS admitted his role in the murder.  CHAMBERS also pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. 

The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

CHAMBERS will be sentenced on March 22 or 23, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Nelson S. Román, to whom the case is assigned. 

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the White Plains Police Department and the FBI Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force, which comprises agents and task force officers from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Probation Office, New York State Police, New York City Police Department, Mount Vernon Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Ramapo Police Department, Yonkers Police Department, Greenburgh Police Department, Peekskill Police Department, Westchester County Police Department, and Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.  Mr. Williams also thanked the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office for its assistance in this matter.

This case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Olga Zverovich and Christopher Brumwell are in charge of the prosecution.

The Indictment against Darnell Kidd is merely an accusation, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


 

[1] As the introductory phase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth below constitute only allegations, and every fact described regarding Darnell Kidd should be treated as an allegation.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Contact: 
james.margolin@usdoj.gov nicholas.biase@usdoj.gov (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
21-362
Updated December 20, 2021