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Guilty Verdict in Assault Weapon/Pistol Case

June 28, 2024

The indictment alleged that on or about September 3, 2023, while in the area of 475 South Pearl Street in the City of Albany, the defendant had both a pistol, and an assault weapon in his possession illegally.

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Arraignment in June 2024 Homicide Case

June 20, 2024

The indictment alleges that on or about June 5, 2024, Smith, while acting in concert, caused the death of another person, and attempted to cause the death of a different victim. Specifically, he’s accused of causing the death of Javon Ward.

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Arraignment in Colonie Gun Case

June 10, 2024

Wang was charged with the following offenses: -Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree (One Count) -Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (Ten Counts) -Criminal Possession of a Firearm (One Count)

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Indictment Unsealed in Fatal State Route 85 Crash

June 07, 2024

His charges are as follows: -Manslaughter in the Second Degree -Assault in the Second Degree -Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree -Driving While Intoxicated, per se -Driving While Ability Impaired by the Combined Influence of Drugs or of Alcohol and Any Drug -Reckless Endangerment...

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Sentencing for 2021 Albany Homicide

June 07, 2024

On March 11, 2024, Anderson pleaded guilty to One Count of Manslaughter in the First Degree in full satisfaction of the indictment, which included One Count of Murder in the Second Degree, and One Count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.

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Repeat Package Thief Pleads Guilty

June 06, 2024

According to a Superior Court Information, Jones unlawfully entered 363 Ontario Street in the City of Albany on April 17, 2024 with the intent to commit a crime. He was accused of doing the same thing on April 23, 2024, at 760 Broadway in the City of Albany.

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Teen Sentenced for 2022 Homicide

June 05, 2024

Albany, NY – 19-year-old Roland Riggins of Albany was sentenced to 25 years to Life in State Prison before the Hon. Andra Ackerman in Albany County Court this afternoon in connection with the 2022 murder of Christopher Bryant. Riggins previously pleaded guilty to Murder in the...

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Arraignment for Fatal Bethlehem Crash

May 30, 2024

The indictment alleges that on or about May 11, 2023, while on State Route 85 in the Town of Bethlehem, McGrath recklessly drove under the combined influence of drugs, and caused the death of 17-year-old Michael Kleinke.

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Co-Defendants Sentenced in Albany Murder Case

May 29, 2024

The indictment alleged that on or about April 29, 2022, in the area of Grand Street and Madison Avenue in the City of Albany, Walker and McKenzie acted in concert to cause the death of Christopher Bryant by shooting him with a handgun.

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Indictment Unsealed in Albany Barber Shop Homicide

May 28, 2024

The indictment alleges that on or about May 13, 2023, while in the area of Village Barber and Beauty on Second Avenue in the City of Albany, the defendant caused the death of a victim, and attempted to cause the death of two others.

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Guilty Verdict for Easter 2023 Homicide

May 24, 2024

The indictment alleged that on or about April 9, 2023, while at an address on Morris Street in the City of Albany, Anderson intentionally caused the death of 60-year-old Alonzo Ford.

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Arraignment in July 2022 Homicide

May 09, 2024

The indictment alleged that on or about July 3rd 2022, at approximately 1:26 p.m. in the area of 260 North Pearl Street in the City of Albany, Purvis caused the death of Dominique Eley by shooting her with a pistol.

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23 Years for Shots Fired Incident

May 03, 2024

On February 8, 2024, Maldonado was convicted of One Count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and One Count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree following a jury trial.

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Guilty Plea for November 2023 Homicide

May 03, 2024

As a part of the plea agreement, Lewis admitted that on November 11, 2023, he attempted to cause significant physical injury to Elijah Thompson, resulting in conduct which caused his death.

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Guilty Verdict in Sex Abuse Case

April 18, 2024

58-year-old Carl Barton, formerly of Albany, was convicted of Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree, and Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree.

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10 Years in Albany Gun Case

April 15, 2024

Simmons was accused of fleeing a traffic stop in the area of Lark and Colonie Streets in the City of Albany, crashing his vehicle after losing control, then fleeing on foot and discarding an illegal handgun

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50 to Life for Murder and Attempted Murder

April 05, 2024

On February 1, 2024, he was convicted of One Count of Murder in the Second Degree, One Count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and One Count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, following a jury trial.

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Guilty Verdict in Albany Murder Case

April 04, 2024

The indictment alleges that on or about November 10, 2022, in the area of Second Street and North Lake Avenue in the City of Albany, Green intentionally, while acting in concert with others, caused the death of Hacief Oliver.

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Arraignment for Shots Fired in Albany

April 01, 2024

The indictment alleges that on or about February 13, 2024, in the area of Robin and Orange Streets in the City of Albany, Blair attempted to both injure and cause the death of another person, with the use of a deadly weapon.

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Sentencing for a Series of Violent Attacks

March 14, 2024

27-year-old Rahqwah Johnson of Albany was sentenced to three concurrent terms (to be served at the same time) of 6 years in State Prison, followed by 3 years of post-release supervision.

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15 Years for Albany Shooting

March 13, 2024

41-year-old Michael Johnson of Albany was sentenced to a determinate term of 15 years in State Prison, followed by 5 years of post-release supervision.

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Guilty Plea in Albany Gun Case

March 11, 2024

As a part of his plea, Childs admitted that on or about June 18, 2023, in the area of 536 1st Street in the City of Albany, Childs knowingly possessed an illegal, loaded firearm.

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Guilty Plea for 2021 Albany Homicide

March 11, 2024

The indictment alleged that on or about July 24, 2021, in the area of 3rd and Oak Streets in the City of Albany, Anderson intentionally caused the death of another person. Specifically, he is accused of causing the death of Rashad Nicholson.

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Guilty Verdict in Albany Murder Case

March 07, 2024

The indictment alleged that on or about April 29, 2022, in the area of Grand Street and Madison Avenue in the City of Albany, Walker and McKenzie acted in concert to cause the death of Christopher Bryant by shooting him with a handgun.

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Sentencing for 2020 Traffic Deaths

March 06, 2024

The indictment alleged that on or about July 17, 2020, Foskey-Gause, while acting in concert, recklessly caused the death of Najee Parks and Naquain Key on Central Avenue in the Town of Colonie.

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Sentencing for Burglary Spree

February 23, 2024

The locations in question included the Hope House on Madison Avenue, Ragonese Italian Imports on New Scotland Avenue, St. Catherine’s Center on New Scotland Avenue, and a dormitory for college students with special needs on South Main Avenue.

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Douglas Eckler Sentencing

February 16, 2024

On October 18, 2023, Eckler was convicted of One Count of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, a Class A-II felony, following a jury trial.

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Nalik Sealy Arraignment

February 14, 2024

The indictment alleges that on or about August 11, 2023, while on Main Street in the City of Cohoes, Sealy caused the death of Shieer Leggett by shooting him with a firearm.

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8 Years for Albany Shots Fired Case

January 30, 2024

The plea fully satisfies the indictment, which also included Three Counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and One Count of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree.

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