Bronx Murder Case Solved After 10 Years: Officials

By Kevin Deutsch                                                                                                       

Charges were filed Wednesday in a decade-old Bronx murder case carried out by a drug dealer bent on revenge, federal officials said.

Jamal Brissett, aka “Trigger,” 30, of the Bronx, is charged with murdering Leshaun Gordon, 19, on June 30, 2009. He allegedly shot and killed the victim inside a car “in the course of a drug-trafficking crime and a robbery in the vicinity of Mickle Avenue and Chester Street,” officials said in a statement announcing the arrest.

After the murder, which authorities said was motivated by a “scheme for revenge,” Brissett allegedly set the car on fire in order to destroy evidence of his crime.

A federal indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday charged Brissett with one count of using a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence and a drug-trafficking crime, which carries a maximum penalty of death or life imprisonment; and one count of using arson to obstruct justice, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

“Ten years may have passed, but we have not forgotten,” Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said of Gordon’s murder.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.