Friend shoots friend in scheme to collect, share disability payments
BALLSTON SPA A South Glens Falls man will serve 1 to 3 years in prison after a plan he hatched with a friend to make some easy money went awry.
Terrance R. Naylor, 19, was sentenced Monday in the case where he and Richmond Principe, 20, staged a fake crime in which Naylor robbed Principe at gunpoint and then shot him, leaving Principe injured badly enough to collect disability payments from work, which he agreed to share with Naylor, authorities said.
Getting arrested wasn’t part of their money-making plan, but Naylor was, and he spilled the beans on the plan to South Glens Falls police, who then arrested Principe.
Before the incident, the two went to Wal-Mart together to buy ammunition and considered buying a shotgun at Dick’s Sporting Goods. One even posted on Facebook that he was looking for a shotgun, authorities said.
They were captured on Wal-Mart’s video surveillance, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office.
They ended up getting a gun from a family member’s home without permission, authorities said.
Principe, of Fort Edward, gave Naylor a disguise to wear and got $60 for Naylor to “rob” from him, authorities said. The two carried out the plan in Moreau on June 22, with Naylor approaching Principe outdoors while Principe was with his girlfriend, who was not in on the scheme.
Naylor shot Principe in the chest, authorities said, adding the bullet passed close to Principe’s heart. The wound was not considered life-threatening, however, and he recovered.
Naylor was arrested about a month later, as police put the pieces together. Both men pleaded guilty in November, Principe to felony first-degree making a sworn false statement and Naylor to second-degree attempted assault.
Principe is slated to be sentenced Jan. 24 to a year in jail.
Authorities said Principe never did get his disability payment — he applied for it, but it wasn’t approved before the truth came out about the scheme.
“It never ceases to amaze me what extent people will go to, including serious pain and injury and risk of death, to profit from a crime,” said Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III.