A jury finds Gouverneur prison inmate guilty of murdering cellmate

A man has been found guilty of killing his cellmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility in St. Lawrence County after a 6-hour jury deliberation in Canton, New York.

Londell Dyson, a 34-year-old resident of Poughkeepsie, has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault by the panel.

In May 2022, an inmate named Dyson at the Gouverneur prison was found guilty by the jury for attacking his cellmate, Hipolito Nunez, who was 30 years old and from New York City. The victim suffered severe injuries to his head and neck as a result of the attack.

Blunt force trauma along with indications of strangulation was determined to be the cause of death.

On Wednesday, the verdict was announced after an eight-day trial that commenced on October 16th.

In February 2023, Dyson was apprehended and faced three charges that included second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and second-degree assault. Eventually, he was convicted of two out of the three charges.

Dyson was not found guilty of the murder charge by the jury.

According to the prosecution, Dyson was found not guilty of intending to kill Nunez during the attack. However, the jury did find that Dyson intended to cause severe physical harm, which ultimately resulted in Nunez’s death.

On January 2, 2024, Dyson could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary Pasqua expressed his gratitude to the members of the jury for their time, attention, and hard work during the trial. He acknowledged that cases, where there are no witnesses to the actual event, are not only challenging to prosecute but also difficult for juries to make a definitive decision. Pasqua appreciated the jury’s careful analysis of all the evidence, which led to the defendant being held responsible for Mr. Nunez’s death. In a prepared statement, Pasqua stated that Mr. Nunez’s family would now receive the justice they deserve when the defendant is sentenced and held accountable for his actions.

Based on records from state prisons, Dyson had been convicted of second-degree strangulation and was serving a maximum sentence of seven years. He would have been entitled to release on March 3, 2023.

Nunez began serving a nine-year sentence in March 2019 for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon. Unfortunately, he passed away while still serving his sentence.

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