Schenectady County

Murder attempt in Schenectady draws 10-year term

A man accused of opening fire on Union Avenue at a man he said had robbed him of drugs and two guns
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A man accused of opening fire on Union Avenue at a man he said had robbed him of drugs and two guns — one of which that was later used in a killing — was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison.

Julio A. Lewis, 19, formerly of State Street, pleaded guilty earlier to one count of second-degree attempted murder.

He admitted to opening fire on Union Avenue on July 23, 2008, just after 10:30 a.m. Lewis fired multiple times but no one was hit.


In court Friday, acting Schenectady County Court Judge Polly Hoye had the choice to sentence Lewis to between 10 and 12 years in state prison.

Lewis’ attorney, Michael Braccini, told Hoye that his client has repeatedly shown remorse for his actions and understands the severity of the crime.

“He is thankful and he does understand that this could have been much worse,” Braccini said.

Lewis echoed his attorney’s comments, telling Hoye he didn’t mean to hurt anyone. Several members of Lewis’ family attended the sentencing.

Hoye noted that Lewis fired repeatedly that day, but she still agreed to the 10-year sentence based in part on his lack of criminal history.

“I hope you have some time to think about this and make some more intelligent decisions in the future,” Hoye said.

Lewis’ target that day was one of three men he accused of robbing him of the drugs and guns two months earlier.

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