Instead of Fixing Car He Wrecked, Thief Executes the Owner

Bronx Murder Over Car Repairs

BRONX- Instead of paying the bills for repairing the car he stole then wrecked, a Yonkers car thief instead executed the car’s owner. Now the shooter was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Michael Canaj

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said, “The defendant knew the victim and shot him execution-style over a previous dispute, and will now spend many years in prison. This act of senseless gun violence has destroyed the lives of two young men.”

Clark said the defendant, Michael Canaj, 25, of Yonkers, N.Y., was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Martin Marcus on March 22, 2019. The jury found the defendant guilty of second-degree Murder on January 18, 2019.


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According to the investigation, shortly after midnight on December 31, 2012 at 2324 Boston Road, the defendant shot Erion Mecani, 23, multiple times, causing his death. The defendant and the victim had a disagreement two years prior to the shooting, when the defendant stole the victim’s car and wrecked it while driving it. The defendant had promised to pay the victim for the damages, but instead shot him. 

Mecani was found dead with two gunshot wounds in the head in his father’s car about an hour after the incident. 




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