Ambush shooting suspect gets 15 years in prison
SCHENECTADY The man accused of trying to essentially execute a man he believed was involved in the killing of his brother the day before was sentenced Monday to 15 years in state prison.
William L. Robinson, 31, had previously pleaded guilty earlier to one count of first-degree attempted assault, wrapping up a case where Robinson had been charged with attempted murder.
Robinson appeared in court Monday with his attorney Fred Rench and was sentenced to an agreed-upon 15 years in state prison.
In her comments before sentencing, Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago focused on Robinson’s lengthy criminal record.
“How old are you, 31?” she asked Robinson after noting an extensive criminal record. “I don’t think anything I can say to you will make any impression on you. This is the life you’ve decided you want to lead, unfortunately.
“It appears you’ve been incarcerated longer than you have been out in the community,” the judge added. “I think that speaks for itself.”
In an earlier filing in the case related to a bail request in front of a different judge, prosecutors described William Robinson’s actions as an ambush shooting on a busy street corner by someone who didn’t want to wait for proof. A mother and her young child were in the line of fire, but were uninjured.
Robinson was charged in November 2011 with shooting Charles Taylor in the calf through the door of Taylor’s car Nov. 13, 2011, at the corner of Albany and Hulett streets. Taylor survived.
The shooting happened the day after Robinson’s brother, 23-year-old Rashad Robinson, was killed outside Joe’s Bar on Fifth Avenue. Two others were injured.
Rodney Davis, a 22-year-old from Brooklyn, has since been indicted in Rashad Robinson’s killing. His case remains pending.
Prosecutor Peter Willis said Monday that prosecutors believe William Robinson opened fire in retaliation for his brother’s killing. Prosecutors have said they found no connection between Taylor and Davis.
Robinson, though, never made any statement to police or other law enforcement to shed light on his actual motivation, Willis said.