The man whose body was found in a burning South Jamaica house this past Sunday had been shot and also had a criminal record, according to multiple published reports.
James Minor, 35, of Poughkeepsie, NY, had been shot in the back when he was discovered by firefighters at a home on 146th Street.
The Daily News is reporting that two shell casings and accelerant were found near his body.
The paper also quoted law enforcement sources as saying that Minor had a criminal record that included more than two dozen arrests, most of them related to drugs.
The Poughkeepsie Journal quoted Poughkeepsie city police as saying Minor had “extensive contact” with their department. The paper reportedly uncovered an old story in which Minor pleaded guilty in 2007 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in Dutchess County, where Poughkeepsie is located.
The report states that Minor admitted to selling a quantity of cocaine to an undercover police officer.