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Schenectady man admits conspiring to kill witness in murder trial

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Derrick C. Smith, the Schenectady man who admitted to one killing and then was accused of conspiring to kill witnesses in another murder case, admitted to the conspiracy this morning in court, the prosecutor said. Smith, 26, pleaded guilty in Schenectady County Court to one count of second-degree conspiracy. In exchange, Smith is to receive between 5 and 10 years in state prison, a sentence to run consecutive to his earlier 20-year sentence in his ...

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November 26, 2012
11:54 a.m.

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If it so egregious of an act why did they take the plea and not trial and make sure this guy never gets out?

November 26, 2012
12:22 p.m.

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You never know with juries, besides - at a minimum he will be in his early 50s when he gets out. With that criminal history it will probably take a few tries at the parole board to get released. So, he will not be back on streets until he is almost 60.