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Mayor Richard Thomas and Police Captain Roy Hastings converse to the media Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, concerning the homicide of 27-yr-previous Ashley McDuffie in Mount Vernon.
Video by Tania Savayan / The Journal Information

Jason Myers faces as much as 15 years in jail.

An argument at residence became a choking that become a conviction for a person who will spend years behind bars for killing his Mount Vernon girlfriend.

On Tuesday, Jason Myers was acquitted of homicide however convicted of manslaughter for choking Ashley McDuffie, a 27-yr-previous mom of two, to demise of their house and dumping her physique within the Bronx final yr. Myers, who confessed to police every week after the killing, was acquitted of the homicide cost as a result of McDuffie’s dying was reckless however not intentional, his lawyer stated.

“That was my argument at trial,” Daniel Mentzer stated as we speak, including that Myers didn’t take the stand throughout trial. “We’re fairly happy that the jury understood that this was not an intentional act, however somewhat a reckless one. It was a horribly tragic act however it was nonetheless a reckless act. He is been terribly remorseful from day one.”

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Myers, a longtime New Rochelle resident, killed McDuffie on Aug. 19, 2016, and confessed to police on Aug. 26, 2016, according to a statement he made to Mount Vernon police that day.

“His conscience got the better of him and he wanted to let the family of Ashley McDuffie know what had happened to her,” Mentzer said.

The choking followed “a heated argument” that Myers and McDuffie got into around noon on Aug. 19, 2016, in the living room of the home they shared on West Kingsbridge Road in Mount Vernon, according to the police statement.

Myers told police that he placed McDuffie in a chokehold to restrain her, and did not realize how tightly he was holding her until it was too late, according to the statement. Myers told police “he was nervous” and wrapped McDuffie’s body in plastic and a comforter, waited until 8 or 9 p.m. to put her in the trunk of his car, then drove to the Bronx to dump her body, according to the statement.

Mentzer said “I think that’s fair to say” that Myers panicked when he decided to get rid of McDuffie’s body.

“I think it’s fair to say he didn’t think it through very carefully,” he said.

Mount Vernon police began investigating McDuffie’s death when her family reported her missing on Aug. 23, 2016. Three days later, Myers went to Mount Vernon police and told them he left her body in the woods of Seton Falls Park near 233rd Street and Monticello Avenue in the Bronx, according to the statement.

Police found McDuffie’s body, wrapped in plastic bags and a comforter taken…