Pair guilty of first-degree murder in York City shooting

The York Dispatch

Jurors took just about two hours Friday to convict two York City men of first-degree murder for a gang-related drive-by shooting that killed one man and wounded another.

Durell Cotton Jr.

The jury found Elvin Mateo Jr., 22, and Durell Cotton Jr., 20, guilty of all underlying charges, according to the York County District Attorney's office.

Jordan Breeland, 21, was fatally shot in the chest Oct. 15, 2013, in the 200 or 300 block of West Gay Avenue while sitting in an SUV driven by Davon “YB” Brown, who suffered a gunshot wound to the hand.

Breeland was pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Jefferson Avenue, where Brown had driven after gunfire.

"I'm ecstatic with the verdict," chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday said.

He said the most important message of the trial is that the gun violence in York City needs to stop.

After the trial, defense attorneys John Hamme and Richard Robinson acknowledged the case was difficult for the jury.

"We're disappointed, but we respect (its decision)," Hamme said.

The sentencing hearing for Cotton and Mateo is set for Aug. 29.

Elvin Mateo Jr.

Beef: York City Police have said the shooting was part of an ongoing beef between members of the Parkway and Southside gangs.

Mateo and Cotton are affiliated with the city's Southside gang and hung out on Liberty Court, selling drugs, according to testimony.

Their friend, Raymond Bruno-Carrasquillo, testified they were at war with Parkway and had an order from Mateo to shoot at any Parkway associates they saw.

Shootout: Testimony revealed Cotton drove up to the parked gold SUV that Brown was driving and that Mateo opened fire on it. Bruno-Carrasquillo testified Wednesday that both Cotton and Mateo confessed to him and that Mateo bragged about committing the homicide.

Sunday confirmed that prosecution testimony during trial indicated someone in the car Brown was driving fired back at the car holding Mateo and Cotton.

York City police officers search for evidence after Jordan Breeland, 21, was shot and killed Oct. 15, 2013.

The Parkway and Southside gangs have clashed violently for decades, according to officials, including a 2009 drive-by shooting in which 9-year-old Ciara "CeCe" Savage of Lancaster was fatally shot by a stray bullet while playing on a sidewalk in Southside territory.

Breeland previously survived a gang-related shooting, police said.

Other murder charges: Cotton also is charged in a double homicide that happened in York City last summer. That case has not yet gone to trial.

He's accused in the June 12 shooting deaths of brothers Angel Berrios, 21, and Abdiel "Tito" Vazquez-Soto, 19.

Bruno-Carrasquillo has previously testified that he was driving around with Cotton in the passenger seat when they pulled up to a vehicle carrying the brothers.

He maintains Cotton opened the car door and fired repeatedly at the brothers about 10:15 p.m. at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Juniper Street.