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Last suspect in Schenectady street gang sweep pleads guilty

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All 19 people indicted last year in federal court accused of involvement or connections to the Schenectady street gang Uptown/Gunners have now pleaded guilty to related crimes, the last one earlier this week, a federal prosecutor said. The last to plead guilty was Andre Porter, Jr., 25, of Schenectady. He was charged with a drug conspiracy count, but not the main racketeering case against the accused gang members. With his plea, assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel ...


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wmarincic
August 24, 2013
2:56 p.m.

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So in response to reader1 on the article last week about Holder and the minimum sentence laws. Above we have a violent active gang member involved in at least two shootings that we know about and a guy that is selling drugs that was a co-conspirator. The violent Gang member shooter got 15 years and the drug dealer is looking at life. Just what I was talking about the other day. Will 30 years or life be a benefit to the public? How about the millions it will cost to incarcerate him? What will he be if and when he gets out? I don't know everything about this and maybe he does deserve life but it should be up to a judge, not minimum sentence laws.

reader1
August 25, 2013
8:24 p.m.

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Wait until the actual sentence comes out. I seriously doubt he receives a life sentence. When someone is arrested on state charges and the crime was B Felony it is often reported that they can get up to 25 years and end up getting much less.

And, you don't know the presentence history or what his involvement was. So, it's pretty presumptuous to assume you know what the sentence should absence all the info re; the individual's criminal history.

Organized drugs can take over entire neighborhoods and make like unsafe and miserable and the only people who do not move away are those who cannot afford to.

But, by all means - keep minimizing the impact drug trafficking has on neighborhoods. After all it's just a non-violent crime.

reader1
August 25, 2013
8:27 p.m.

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also look at the sentences of other suspects - range is between 4 and 9

wmarincic
August 26, 2013
5:32 p.m.

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reader1, really? You are going to give me that story? I lived in the Vale neighborhood for 15 years. I stood down drug dealers, I sat on the front porches of drug houses and told customers they were closed for business. I was threatened with death more times than I can remember by dealers and stuck it out until my house was shot up by drug dealers shooting at each other with my wife inside two years ago. Just like you said look at the pre-sentence report, that is exactly what I said. Let a judge decide the sentence, should an idiot addict get 20 years for possession of an eightball because he got caught with drugs before? I would just as soon line up and shoot the gang members and violent dealers.

wmarincic
August 26, 2013
5:38 p.m.

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BTW, I doubt he receives a life sentence also.

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