A Utica man who was considered by police to be one of the top offenders of gun violence has been convicted on a felony weapon charge, according to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.
On Feb. 28, following a three-day jury trial, Mizziah Murray was convicted of felony second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, and various vehicle and traffic violations.
The DA’s office says Murray was arrested by Utica police during a Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) detail on Aug. 21, 2017. The Utica Police Department had classified Murray as a Top 10 GIVE Offender.
According to the DA’s office, “The GIVE initiative is a grant given to local law enforcement agencies and district attorney offices to enhance patrols in identified “hot spots” or locations that have shown to be the most prone to gun violence; focused deterrence against violent gangs and groups to be considered responsible for the most gun violence in communities; increased supervision of individuals on parole and probation; and the deployment of street outreach workers to interrupt cycles of violence or prevent retaliation.”
The grants also provide technical assistance so law enforcement can effectively implement the strategies.
Murray will be sentenced April 30, and he faces up to 15 years in prison.