SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A getaway driver has been convicted of robbery but acquitted of murder in the drug-deal killing of a Syracuse University student from China.
The Post-Standard reports 20-year-old Ninimbe Mitchell faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced for the robbery of 23-year-old Yuan Xiaopeng (YOO'-en SHE'-ow-puhng). Mitchell would have faced up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder.
Prosecutors say Mitchell drove his 24-year-old cousin Cameron Isaac to a suburban Syracuse apartment complex Sept. 30 so Isaac could buy marijuana from Yuan, a junior from Qingdao (cheeng-DOW') studying mathematics.
Isaac was accused of robbing and shooting Yuan, and he was convicted Tuesday by the same jury of first-degree murder.
The defense argued Mitchell didn't know Isaac was going to rob or kill the victim.
Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com