Vickers found guilty of all charges; Will spend life in prison without parole
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Kelvin Vickers has been in and out of jail for much of his young life since he was accused of assaulting a police officer when he was 12.
Friday, he learned he’ll spend the rest of it in prison for slaying a Rochester Police officer and two men.
Lynn Mazurkiewicz tells News10NBC that the handcuffs around the wrists of Kelvin Vickers as he was led out of the courtroom belonged to her husband.
The families of Myjel Rand, Ricky Collinge and Ofc. Tony Mazurkiewicz head toward the courtroom to hear an update in the case against Kelvin Vickers, the man accused of murdering all their loved ones. @news10nbc pic.twitter.com/L2RMmtcXDm— Jennifer Lewke (@WHEC_JLewke) October 13, 2023
Huge contingent of police and family members of the victims waiting outside courtroom. The jury has reached a verdict on all but two counts. It’s possible, the court could read that partial verdict before sending jury back to continue deliberations on the 2 aggravated counts. pic.twitter.com/ZwCaNCb2c8— Jennifer Lewke (@WHEC_JLewke) October 13, 2023
Vickers, 22, was convicted of fatally shooting Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz on July 21, 2022 and Ricky Collinge and Myjel Rand the day before on North Clinton Avenue.
Vickers was a hired gun from Massachusetts, sent to Rochester during a gang turf war over the illegal marijuana trade. Mazurkiewicz and Officer Sino Seng, members of the RPD Tactical Unit, were undercover in an unmarked minivan on Bauman Street when Vickers fired 17 shots into the vehicle.
Mazurkiewicz died that night. Seng recovered, but remains on leave because of his injuries.
There were over two weeks of testimony; jurors deliberated for a day and a half before being sent home Thursday at the end of the day after reaching consensus on most of the criminal counts Vickers was facing. Monroe County Court Judge Julie Hahn instructed jurors to return in the morning to resume deliberating the last two counts.
Defense attorney Mike Schiano did not present a defense and Vickers did not testify.
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley sought to prove that Vickers knew the people inside the minivan were cops. Schiano argued that the evidence didn’t prove Vickers was the shooter or that he knew the two were law enforcement.
The jury spent Friday afternoon deliberating the charges aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder, which indicate Vickers knew he was shooting at police. They come with life sentences.
Deadrick Fulwiley and Raheim Robinson were also charged in connection with Collinge and Rand’s murders. Another man was shot but survived. They will be tried for murder and attempted murder in March.
Vickers will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7th.