New York Offenders

Chris Levy and Cory Azor

Victim: David Kao, 49

Ages at time of murder: 16 & 17

Crime location: New York City

Crime date: June 6, 2009

Murder method: Strangulation

Convictions: First-degree manslaughter & first-degree robbery

Sentences: 20 & 22 years

Incarceration status: Levy & Azor are incarcerated at the Eastern Correctional Facility  and have parole hearings February 2028 and May 2026, respectively

Two Teens Charged With Fatal Carjacking of Elmhurst Dad - Gothamist


Corey Azor, 16, and Chris Levy, 17, went searching for an Asian man to rob. They found such a man, marketing executive David Kao, who was asleep in his car. They invaded the vehicle, put David in a choke-hold, dragged him to the backseat, and beat and strangled him. They took his credit cards, money, and car and dumped his body. The assailants pleaded guilty. Azor and Levy got 20 and 22 years, respectively.


Chris Levy and Cory Azor

Christopher & Kyle Cummings

Murderers: Daniel Pardee, 19, Kyle Cummings, 15, & Christopher Cummings, 14,

Victim: Jennifer Boleander, 16

Crime location: Niagara Falls

Crime date: December 14, 2002

Weapon: Knife

Murder method: Stabbing

Convictions: Pardee– intentional murder and first-degree conspiracy; Kyle & Christopher Cummings-guilty pleas to second-degree murder

Sentences: Pardee-25 years to life; C. Cummings–10 years to life; K. Cummings–six years to life

Incarceration status: K. Cummings was paroled but has been re-arrested; C. Cummings is eligible for parole in November 2020; Pardee is at the Auburn Correctional Facility and is eligible for parole December 16, 2028

Photo of Kyle Cummings next to photo of Jennifer Bolender

K. Cummings (left) Jennifer (right)


Pardee and Kyle Cummings severely beat Jennifer after she resisted Pardee’s attempts to kiss her. They left her for dead and returned with Cummings’s younger brother Christopher to ensure that Jennifer was dead and to remove evidence. When they found that Jennifer was still alive they slashed and stabbed her to death. Pardee was convicted at trial and the Cummings brothers plead guilty. K. Cummings was paroled in 2019 after 16 years. He was later charged with rape, sexual abuse, and child endangerment.


Christopher & Kyle Cummings

Edward Kindt

Victim: Penny Brown, 39

Age at time of murder: 15

Crime location:  Salamanca

Crime date: Mother’s Day, 1999

Crimes: Rape & murder

Weapon: Dog leash

Murder method: Strangulation

Conviction: Guilty plea to second-degree murder

Sentence: Nine years to life

Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Elmira Correctional Facility and eligible for parole in August 2021

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Kindt attacked Penny while she was jogging and raped her and strangled her to death. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to nine years to life.


Edward Kindt

Eric Smith

Victim: Derrick Robie, four

Age at time of murder: 13

Crime location: Savona

Crime date: August 2, 1993

Murder method: Beating & strangling

Weapons: Hands & rocks

Convictions: Second-degree murder

Sentence: Nine years to life

Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility and eligible for parole in October 2021

Child killer Eric Smith again denied parole


Smith lured four-year-old Derrick and then killed him by strangling him and beating him with rocks. He also sodomized the child’s body with a stick. Smith was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to nine years to life. He has been denied parole 10 times.


Eric Smith

Tessa Majors Case

Alleged murderers: Two 14-year-old males have been indicted by grand juries. Zyairr Davis, 13, has confessed to his involvement and plead guilty to robbery.

Victim: Tessa Rane Majors, 18

Crime location: Morningside Park, New York City

Crime date: December 11, 2019

Charges: Robbery & murder

Weapon: Knife

Murder method: Stab wounds, including to the heart

Murder motivation: Robbery


Three juveniles allegedly stabbed Tess to death during an attempted robbery in Morningside Park. Davis plead guilty to robbery and was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention. The older alleged murderers have been indicted by grand juries and charged as adults. One of the older suspects allegedly confessed to the crime in a recorded conversation with his father. This defendant has also been linked to the crime in the form of DNA evidence–his DNA was found under Tessa’s fingernails. The alleged killers have been linked to other robberies as well.


Murder of Tessa Majors

14-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Robbery in Tessa Majors Stabbing - The New  York Times