Jeffrey Salone Jr. will be sentenced in May in connection with the death of Jawuan Brumfield
CANANDAIGUA — A Geneva man on Friday was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the beating death of a fellow Geneva man in September 2018, but was acquitted of second-degree murder.
Jeffrey Salone Jr. will be sentenced on the manslaughter charge before Judge Brian Dennis at 3 p.m. May 21. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.
First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride said from his perspective, the jury “got it right.” The family of the victim, Jawuan Brumfield, is happy there is justice, MacBride said.
“They held him responsible for his death, and that’s all we asked for,” MacBride said.
Salone’s attorney, Chris Rodeman, said he is not commenting at this time.
MacBride said when the trial opened Tuesday that Brumfield was in the wrong place at the wrong time, when he attempted to “burg’ the place.”
Salone, with the assistance of others, pulled Brumfield into an apartment and beat him to death and staged the scene to look like a botched robbery, MacBride argued.
Rodeman argued that Salone was defending himself after finding Brumfield in his kitchen, armed with a taser and reaching for a kitchen knife.
Brumfield, who lived off and on in Geneva with his girlfriend and who Geneva police testified has robbed Salone of $4,200 before this incident, was found by police breathing but unresponsive after they arrived at the scene.
Brumfield, whose face MacBride described as mangled after the beating, was placed on life support and later died of his injuries.