Guilty Plea in Tony McClain Murder Case

Family photo of victim Tony McClain

By Joy Bergmann

On Monday, Jashawn Gorham, 18, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter in the January stabbing murder of Tony McClain, 20, a Manhattan District Attorney’s Office spokesperson told WSR via email. The plea deal includes a promised sentence of 20 years in prison and a waiver of appeal.

Brighton Montgomery, 18, a co-defendant in the case, is not currently seeking to strike a deal with prosecutors, according to his attorney Sam Roberts. “We expect and hope to begin trial in early February and are truly looking forward to our day(s) in court,” Roberts wrote to WSR.

We wrote in detail about the homicide – which occurred in the early afternoon of January 10th near the corner of 99th and Broadway – and the impact on McClain’s family in this August article.

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