Schenectady gun suspect starts term for pot charge
SCHENECTADY The man accused of firing an assault rifle on the bike path near Manhattan Street in July was sent to jail for a year Tuesday for a prior marijuana case.
His attorney said later the bike path case could be wrapped up soon, as well. His client was offered a plea deal that would result in a misdemeanor sentence to be served concurrently with the drug sentence. No one was injured in the bike path incident.
Luis J. Gomez, 30, of Van Vranken Avenue, pleaded guilty in October to a single count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Gomez admitted to possessing the marijuana at his residence during a raid in November 2011.
After his arrest in that case, he posted $10,000 bail. He had to post an additional $40,000 in July after he was accused of firing shots on the bike path.
Gomez faced one count of first-degree reckless endangerment in the bike path incident, accused of firing 19 shots near the dead end of Manhattan Street around 8:30 p.m. on July 4.
Gomez’ attorney, Glen Brownell, said on Tuesday that Gomez is to appear in City Court soon to plead guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment.
The prosecutor in the case could not be reached later Tuesday.
Gomez, though, has consistently denied being the shooter, saying he never left a Manhattan Street party during the time of the incident.
Brownell has said he has a number of witnesses who would testify that Gomez never left.
Witnesses said they saw a man firing an assault rifle and a burst of rapid gunfire was audible a quarter-mile away on Maxon Road Extension.
Officers responded to the area and found a suspect matching the description given by witnesses, police said then.
A brief foot chase ensued and the suspect ran into a house at 444-446 Manhattan St.
That house was locked down, police said, and Gomez was detained for questioning and later charged.
Gomez was taken into custody at the conclusion of Tuesday’s sentencing.
The gallery, as it has in previous Gomez court appearances, was filled with family and friends.
“I love you all, be good,” Gomez said as he was being led away.