LAWFUEL – The Law News Wire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States A…

LAWFUEL – The Law News Wire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CYRIL SMITH,
a/k/a “Nicholas Smith,” a/k/a “Nicholas Wright,” a/k/a “Mark
Nicholas Smith,” a/k/a “Zero,” was found guilty late yesterday
afternoon in Manhattan federal court of, among other things,
committing three separate contract murders in the Bronx between
1998 and 2000. Following a two-week trial, the jury found SMITH
guilty on eight counts in the Indictment, including counts
charging SMITH for the murder of JAMAL KITT, on July 5, 1998; the
murder of TERRENCE CELESTINE, on July 30, 1998; and the murder of
SANFORD MALONE, on February 14, 2000. SMITH was also convicted
of three counts related to his distribution of “crack” cocaine
and other drugs between 1998 and 2005.

According to documents
filed in Manhattan federal court and the proof at trial:
SMITH was a crack dealer who sold crack at street-level
drug spots in the Bronx, including at the corner of 188 Street th
and Webster Avenue, and in the area of the Monterey Houses, a

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