Bridgeport Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Murder Charge
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TRUMAINE HEARST, also known as “Man,” 21, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to his involvement in the October 2012 murder of Dawayne Cobb in Bridgeport.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 10, 2012, at approximately 6:20 p.m., the body of Dawayne Cobb was discovered in the driver seat of an idling vehicle in the vicinity of 220 Sunshine Circle in Bridgeport. Cobb had gunshot wounds in his shoulder and abdomen.
In pleading guilty, HEARST admitted that on that date, he and Johnnie Jefferson, also known as “Jeezy,” planned to rob Cobb of marijuana. HEARST and Jefferson then drove to Sunshine Circle to meet Cobb, murdered him and stole from him a jar containing approximately two ounces of marijuana. HEARST and Jefferson transported the stolen marijuana to a Bridgeport residence and subsequently distributed it amongst themselves and others.
HEARST pleaded guilty to one count of causing the death of Dawayne Cobb through the use of a firearm, a charge that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of life. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea on February 4, 2015.
Jefferson, 24, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty to the same charge on November 3, 2014, and awaits sentencing.
HEARST and Jefferson have been detained since July 16, 2013.
This matter is being investigated by Bridgeport Police Department and the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tracy Dayton and Rahul Kale.