Man gets 15 years for fatal shooting during Schenectady robbery
Updated 9:52 p.m.
SCHENECTADY A Schenectady resident will spend 15 years in prison for shooting a man five times during a robbery at a Madison Street apartment.
As he was sentenced Tuesday, Nasjuan S. Jones apologized for his actions but took issue with the picture prosecutors painted of him: that he was a gang member, that he shot the man over an iPad and that he showed no remorse for the crime. None of these are true, the 19-year-old Craig Street resident said.
“I definitely didn’t shoot somebody five times over an iPad,” Jones told the court, adding a statement of remorse: “I am very sorry. It isn’t going to take me 15 years to show I’m sorry. I’m sorry now.”
Presiding over the sentencing was visiting Judge Frank P. Milano.
Milano noted the presence of several members of Jones’ family in the gallery and the receipt of letters of support written by them on Jones’ behalf.
Those letters aside, though, the facts of the case remain, Milano told Jones.
“The unvarnished fact of the matter remains you shot somebody five times, no doubt intending to kill that person,” the judge said. “There’s no reasonable way around that fact. That can’t be excused under any circumstance.
“You must pay for that gross deviation from acceptable conduct,” he added.
Milano then imposed the sentence agreed on when Jones pleaded guilty last month to one count of first-degree assault: 15 years in state prison.
The incident started with the victim looking to sell an iPad through word of mouth, prosecutor Peter Willis has said. Word got to Jones, who knew the victim, and the two agreed to meet at the victim’s residence.
Once there, though, the transaction turned into an armed robbery, Willis said, which appeared to be Jones’ intent all along.
A struggle ensued and Jones opened fire, hitting the victim five times with five separate shots from a revolver, according to the prosecutor’s account.
The victim was hit three times in the abdomen, once in the chest and once in the shoulder. Despite this, he was still able to get to a neighboring apartment door to summon help. The struggle ended in the hallway outside the victim’s apartment.
It was only because of the quick work of Schenectady Fire Department paramedics and emergency room staff at Albany Medical Center that the victim survived, Willis has said.
The victim, identified as 27-year-old Christopher Robinson, has recovered somewhat but still has problems, including difficulty picking up his son, family members said.
The sentencing went forward without comment from Robinson’s family. Robinson was not present, and a request from his grandmother to speak came too late.
Afterward, Robinson’s grandmother, Marva Isaacs, told The Daily Gazette that she wanted to tell Jones to improve himself in prison and that he can’t do what he admitted to doing.
“He has to change; you have to come out a better person,” she said. “He has to be a better person. He nearly killed my grandson.”
With the sentence itself predetermined, the only part up for discussion Tuesday was Jones’ post-release supervision.
Milano cited the letters from Jones’ family in imposing 3.5 years of supervision, saying Jones would be able to show how he will do under supervision prior to the supervision expiring.