Man accused of killing Syracuse man previously spent 10 years in jail

The man accused of shooting a 20-year-old man on the east side of Syracuse just over two weeks ago previously spent 10 years in jail for his role in a 2000 murder.

Syracuse Police say 32-year-old Martin Griswold, of Syracuse, was on parole when he shot Darrell Mobley Jr. outside of 1811 East Fayette Street on March 10.

Investigators say Griswold was released from prison in December, 2010. He had given a gun to a murder suspect back in 2000.

Information from witnesses helped police trace Mobley's death to Griswold.

According to witnesses, the men were involved in two groups that had a verbal confrontation outside of the apartment complex on East Fayette Street.

Griswold initially left with another man, they say, but shot Mobley when he returned.

Police arrested Griswold on Monday. He is being held in the Onondaga County Jail on second degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing charges.

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says Mobley had been shot before in the same area. He says gun violence is a recurring issue in and around the neighborhood.

"We're making progress, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us," said Fowler. "Any time you have shots being fired, or any type of violence whatsoever, it becomes a concern for the police and the entire city. We are making progress but we still have our work cut out for us."

Fowler says the newly-appointed Gangs Violence Task Force helped detectives crack the case.