Schenectady County

Target of 2007 Schenectady shooting admits to gun charge

The target in a August 2007 Albany Street shooting that injured two bystanders pleaded guilty this m
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The target in a August 2007 Albany Street shooting that injured two bystanders pleaded guilty this morning to a weapons possession charge arising from the same incident.

Diondrea McCaskill, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a violent felony. In return, McCaskill will be sentenced next month to five years in prison.

Prosecutors alleged McCaskill was the intended target of Charles Ardrey and Joel Hernandez when they opened fire Aug. 6, 2007, at the corner of Albany and Hulett streets.

Ardrey, 21, and Hernandez, 28, were convicted in August of assault and weapons counts. Ardrey received 30 years, while Hernandez is to be sentenced next month.

Both men were convicted without the help of McCaskill, who refused earlier deals that included cooperation as a requirement. In court this morning, McCaskill even asked the court to emphasize that this deal did not include any cooperation.

McCaskill also asked acting Schenectady County Court Judge Richard Giardino to reduce the violent felony conviction to a standard felony conviction, something that would provide benefits in prison.

“I’m not a violent person,” McCaskill said.

Giardino took no position on the request.

Two women were hit in the 2007 shooting by fire from Ardrey and Hernandez, prosecutors argued in the case against those two men. The women were each grazed in the leg by bullets, one as she re-entered a liquor store where she worked.

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