2 LI men convicted in Yonkers murder

Charles Parsley, left, and Kasaun White, right, both Charles Parsley, left, and Kasaun White, right, both from Rockville Centre, have been convicted of killing a Westchester woman, shooting her husband and daughter. Photo Credit: Handouts

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Two neighbors from Rockville Centre have been convicted of fatally shooting a Westchester woman -- and wounding her husband and young daughter -- as the mother returned to her Yonkers home after a day's work in New Hyde Park.

Jurors on Friday returned guilty verdicts against Charles Parsley, 28, and Kasaun White, 29, both residents of Old Mill Court, in the April 21, 2010, murder of Sandra Hackley, 36, and the shootings of her husband and 12-year-old.

Parsley and White face 25 years to life in prison when they are sentenced May 22 for crimes including murder, attempted murder, burglary and assault, all felonies. A third suspect, alleged getaway driver English Thomas, 28, of Uniondale, awaits trial.

Nearly two years after the shootings, prosecutors say they do not know why the men targeted Hackley, a marketing professional, and her family in Westchester County.

They say White was recorded on video surveillance masquerading as a package deliveryman while entering Hackley's apartment building. Parsley was captured on the video pacing in the lobby before she arrived.

In the moments before the shooting, the gunmen pushed their way into Hackley's apartment once her husband, Rafael Cornielle, opened the door to accept the "delivery."

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He was shot multiple times, and the daughter was shot once in the leg; both survived. Hackley was shot five times in the living room and died at the scene.

"These defendants planned and carried out the murder of a woman, the shooting of her husband and 12-year-old daughter, then calmly left the crime scene," said Janet DiFiore, the Westchester district attorney whose office prosecuted. The trial began Feb. 24 in Westchester County Court.

Parsley's attorney, Barry A. Weinstein of the Bronx, and White's attorney, Mayo Bartlett of White Plains, said they would appeal the conviction. Weinstein said ballistics evidence did not support the victim accounts of the slaying. Bartlett questions why witness accounts didn't include White's teardrop tattoo. He said White maintains his innocence.

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