2 Convicted of Uniondale Revenge Murder

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Left to right: Jorge Burgess and Joshua Taylor.

Two men were convicted this week of fatally shooting a 32-year-old man in the victim’s hometown of Uniondale two years ago in retaliation for a fight.

A Nassau County just found Joshua Taylor guilty of second-degree murder and his co-defendant, Jorge Burgess, guilty of second-degree manslaughter, in the death of Jude St. Clair. Both were also convicted of criminal possession of a weapon. 

“Jude St. Clair was lured to his death by these defendants who were seeking revenge for a fight,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

Prosecutors said the two 25-year-old men shot and killed the victim multiple times while the victim was standing on the side of Nassau Road at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. The shooters called him over to their car, but were seeking revenge for a fight earlier in the morning between Taylor’s cousin and the victim, authorities said.

Burgess was arrested days later and Taylor was apprehended in Connecticut nearly a month later. A third suspect, Kadeem Lyle, is awaiting trial on charges of criminal facilitation and hindering prosecution. He is due back in court Wednesday.

The jury deliberated two days before reaching a verdict. Taylor, of Hempstead, faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced by Judge William O’Brien. Burgess, of Uniondale, faces up to 15 years in prison. Both are due back in court June 12.