A 22-year-old Spring Valley man was convicted by a jury on Monday of attempted murder for trying to shoot his former girlfriend, the mother of their child, and her new boyfriend last year, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe.
Junathan McNeil was convicted of two felony counts of attempted murder and felony counts of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, in addition to criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief charges.
“The crimes of which the defendant has been convicted were cold, calculated and violent, and resulted in an innocent woman being seriously wounded," said Zugibe. "I hope the victim and all of those involved in the shooting will find some degree of solace in the conviction and in the knowledge that the defendant will spend many years in prison.”
The events took place on July 10, 2016, at 12:30 a.m., when McNeil attacked his ex-girlfriend and a male friend as she was being dropped off at her Hillcrest home, the DA's office said.
While the victims sat in her driveway in a 2010 Honda Civic, the McNeil smashed the back windshield of the car with a baseball bat. The boyfriend then backed out of the driveway and drove away.
A short time later, the male victim returned to the address and made another attempt to drop the woman at her home. As the ex-girlfriend stood outside with her mother, McNeil and another individual drove by firing multiple shots from the car, the DA's office said.
The young woman was struck in the leg. Multiple rounds struck the driver side of the vehicle where the male was sitting.
McNeil was arrested on July 12, 2016, following an investigation by the Town of Ramapo Police Department.
A sentencing date will be set on July 10. He faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison on the top charge.
Executive Assistant District Attorney Stephen Moore and Senior Assistant District Attorney Cathryn Boera prosecuted the case