A Suffolk County jury found two men guilty on Friday of murdering two other men after a drug deal gone bad in August 2008.
Darren Lynch, 29, of Queens, and James Wall, of Coram, were convicted after the jury deliberated for approximately 90 minutes. Lynch was convicted of first-degree murder and Wall was convicted of second-degree murder. They were both also convicted of two kidnapping charges each.
Lynch faces a sentence that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. Wall faces a maximum of 25 years to life. Suffolk prosecutors will recommend maximum sentences for each defendant at their sentencing on Dec. 11.
Lynch testified on Tuesday before Judge Robert Doyle that he killed Joseph Odierno, 35, of Miller Place, and 22-year-old Jairo Santos of Washington Heights because he was “infuriated” the pair sold him fake cocaine.
He admitted on the stand that he shot both men, dismembered their bodies in his Queens apartment, and buried the body parts in a Coram sump and behind his mother’s house on Summercress Lane.
A third defendant, Lynch’s 22-year-old live-in girlfriend, Leah Reynolds, pleaded guilty in May to weapons possession and hindering prosecution charges. She will be sentenced at a later date.
During the execution of a search warrant at Lynch’s Middle Village home, detectives seized heroin, cocaine, a bulletproof vest and several illegal weapons.