Two arrested in shooting death of 12-year-old Kingston girl

Robert James and Gilbert Thomas.

Two Kingston men have been arrested in death of a 12-year-old Kingston girl last week.

The New York State Police today announced the arrests of Gilbert Thomas, 24, and Robert James, 46, both of Kingston, for second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and first-degree criminal use of a firearm.

According to police, on the evening of Thursday, December 17, Thomas and James were involved in a shooting into the residence at 60 Van Buren Street in the City of Kingston that ultimately caused the death of 12-year old D’Janeira Mason.


The State Police were assisted in the investigation by the City of Kingston Police Department, the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Ulster Police Department.

The case remains under investigation, any persons with information are asked to contact the State Police at (845) 338-1702.  All calls will be kept confidential.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan released the following statement:

As we continue to grieve and mourn, we must at the same time ensure swift and sure justice for this heinous crime. Today’s announcement of an arrest made in connection to this tragedy is welcome news, and I want to thank District Attorney Dave Clegg, the New York State Police, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Kingston Police Department, and the Town of Ulster Police Department for their work leading to this swift arrest. As a community, let us summon the collective will to stop this cycle of violence. We must do better.

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  1. Danika

    Here’s the deal, folks. Absolutely Black Lives Matter. Absolutely there is a history in the system where police have subjected black Americans to long-standing racist practices. But this, two black men, again, shooting and killing an innocent child. The community, our community, the black community must stand up loud and with zero tolerance for another black on black gun killing. There has to be responsibility. We’re at a point now, where everyone is well aware of the problems. Victimization has to stop being used as an excuse. The NEXT STEP has to be taken, which is to take back communities, report the men in our community who have guns, who engage in gang violence, who are committing crimes that are not acceptable. If WE don’t take the ownership, WE don’t have a voice any longer because we are guilty. This poor little girl, dead when she should be experiencing her Christmas as a child. Shameful. Not OK. I’m sick and tired of seeing the young black men do this in my community.

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