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The abuse that 4-year-old Myls Dobson suffered — the beatings, burnings and deprivation — lasted for three weeks and ended with his death in January 2014. The prison term his killer faces will be far longer than the life the little boy had. The woman who was charged with beating the boy to death in a Manhattan apartment while he was in her care pleaded guilty on Thursday to murder, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., announced.

DA Vance announced three significant investments aimed at preventing crime and reforming the justice system, including new funding opportunities for: early diversion programs for low-level misdemeanor offenders; social enterprises for young people and formerly incarcerated individuals; and innovative transition programs for youth who are transitioning out of foster care. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is funding these initiatives through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which it created using criminal forfeiture funds – separate from the Office’s annual budget or taxpayer dollars – obtained through settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions. A strategic plan outlining the fund’s vision, goals, and specific funding priorities for innovative and effective community projects can be found here. 

DA Vance announced the guilty plea of Kryzie King for the murder of four-year-old Myls Dobson. King pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to all of the charges against her: Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, and six counts of Assault in the Second Degree. King is expected to be sentenced on October 21, 2016.  

DA Vance announced the indictment of Abraham Cucuta for fatally shooting two men in East Harlem in June 2007. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with two counts each of Murder in the First and Second Degrees.

Standing near a table covered with curved carvings of Chinese nobles and flanked by giant tusks, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., expressed outrage that stores in New York continued to profit from ivory sales, even after the Legislature had banned them except in limited cases.
“Sadly, New York remains one of the world markets for elephant ivory and I think it’s unacceptable,” he said. “If you are trading in the bounty of these endangered species, now is the time to stop.”