ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The jury in the trial of Kelvin Vickers has found him guilty on all charges against him.
The jury took extra time Friday to decide whether or not Vickers was guilty on the charges of aggravated murder and/or aggravated attempted murder. The jury did find him guilty on all charges just before 4 p.m. Friday.
Crying heard in the gallery. Automatic prison without the possibility of parole. https://t.co/91hSdFELjy— Adam Chodak (@AdamChodak) October 13, 2023
“I think the jury went through the case meticulously and so far, by their verdict, they had held Kelvin Vickers accountable for what he did in the 48 hours in the City of Rochester,” said Monroe County DA Sandra Doorley.
Police said that someone then approached the van and fired a gun inside, hitting Officer Mazurkiewicz twice in his upper body and once in Officer Seng’s lower body. A 15-year-old in a house nearby was also shot when a bullet went through the wall.
Vickers was accused as the man who shot the officers. In addition, he was also accused of a triple shooting that killed two and injured one man hours before Officer Mazurkiewicz was shot.
Police said that Vickers, who is from Massachusetts, was arrested after police found him inside a crawl space inside a vacant home. A loaded handgun was also found on the premises. He was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.
According to News 8 staff in the courtroom, Vickers will automatically see prison without the possibility of parole.
Vickers is due back in court for sentencing on December 7.
In a statement, Mayor Malik Evans said he is “grateful that justice was served.” He added that he is hopeful these convictions will bring a small measure of relief.
FULL STATEMENTS FROM OFFICIALS:
I am extremely grateful that justice was served today. While these verdicts will not bring back Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz or take away the pain and suffering that his family endures, may these convictions bring a small measure of relief, comfort, and assurance that his life and service to this community was not in vain.
This is a time to remember and honor the bravery, dedication and sacrifices that all our police officers make each day as they walk out the door to serve and protect our citizens. I would like to thank District Attorney Sandra Doorley, Police Chief David Smith, the men and women of the Rochester Police Department, and everyone who played a part in this trial.
Let the healing begin for our city, and for all the families who were harmed by this individual who showed a depraved indifference to human life.Rochester Mayor Malik Evans
Fifteen months ago, our community lost a hero and the members of the Rochester Police Department lost a brother. Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz was senselessly murdered while protecting the streets of Rochester – for that, we will never forget his brave service and sacrifice. While today’s murder conviction of Kelvin Vickers will not bring Officer Mazurkiewicz back, I am hopeful that it brings justice to his family and loved ones who have endured through this tragedy.
“I want to thank District Attorney Sandra Doorley and her team for their thorough prosecution of this case, which resulted in a guilty verdict on the highest charges as well as for the attempted murder of Officer Sino Seng, who was wounded in the same burst of gunfire that claimed the life of Officer Mazurkiewicz. The multiple convictions guarantees Kelvin Vickers will spend the rest of his life in prison. I also want to recognize the men and women of the Rochester Police Department who investigated this murder under the most difficult of circumstances, and played a critical role in the outcome of this case through their professionalism and tireless efforts. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Officer Mazurkiewicz’s family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers.Monroe County Executive Adam Bello
“The last few weeks have been an incredibly difficult time for our members and the family of our Brother Tony. We are very thankful for the hard work of Sandra Doorley, Perry Duckles and the DA’s Office and the emotional testimony of our members in the courtroom that led to a guilty verdict on all counts. We hope that this will help start to bring closure for Tony’s family, our members, and the Rochester community, especially the families of MyJel Rand and Ricky Collinge.”Rochester Police Locust Club
“As someone who has dedicated my life to ending gun violence, I am pleasedMonroe County Legislature President Sabrina LaMar
that justice was served today. The callous murder of Anthony Mazurkiewicz, along with the murders of Richard Collinge, Jr. and MyJel Rand–one of whom was the son of a good friend — was senseless and without regard for the value of human life like so much of the violence we see in this City on a regular basis. The lives of Officer Sino Seng and the young woman who were wounded during this killing spree have forever been altered.
No one has the right to take another life in cold blood. Let us recommit ourselves to ending the
scourge of gun violence in the City of Rochester.”