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Rochester man convicted of murder in Christmas Day shooting

Joshua Burns was convicted of 2nd degree murder Wednesday for the death of 35-year-old Jarvis Porter. (photo provided to 13WHAM by the Rochester Police Dept.)

Rochester, N.Y. - A 20-year-old Rochester man has been convicted by a grand jury for the shooting death of another man on Christmas of 2017.

Joshua Burns was convicted of 2nd degree murder Wednesday for the death of 35-year-old Jarvis Porter.

Prosecutors said Burns, and Elzie James, who was also arrested, encountered Porter inside a building on Genesee Street on December 25th. The victim was shot in the face with a shotgun.

Burns will be sentenced August 9th and faces a maximum of 25 years to life.

James pleaded guilty to 1st degree manslaughter. He will spend 25 years in prison with five years post-release supervision.

“Thanks to the thorough investigation conducted by the Rochester Police Department, both Joshua Burns and Elzie James are no longer a threat to our community,” said Assistant District Attorney Michael Harrigan.




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