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Murder Conviction and Sentence Stand in Binghamton

A Brooklyn man, convicted in 2018 of the Binghamton murder, won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon.

The Broome County District Attorney’s Office said the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division upheld 27-year-old Jabari Ashe’s conviction and sentence of 25 years to life in prison for shot Tyquan Gumbs behind a house in Fayette Street.

Investigators said Ashe shot Gumbs on the evening of April 28, 2017, because he believed the Binghamton man had been involved in the murder of Ashe’s friend, Brandon Hernandez, days earlier in an after-hours club on Orton Avenue.

According to reports at the time, 26-year-old Tyquan Gumbs was shot dead in Fayette Street and the victim’s family offered moving testimony during the June 2018 sentencing and Judge Joseph Cawley commented on the lack of compassion of Ashe, kicking Gumbs’ body after shooting him.

Ashe had been sentenced to a 25-year prison term to life in prison for his second-degree murder conviction and a concurrent 15-year prison term followed by five years of post-release supervision for his felony possession conviction of a weapon in the second degree.

Ashe appealed, saying the verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence.

The Appeals Division determined that, even with the challenges presented by Ashe, there was still enough evidence for the jury to return a verdict of guilty and that the decisions and instructions of the jury during the trial were appropriate.

The district attorney’s office notes that the process was “long and arduous,” but secured justice for Gumbs and his family.

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