A city teen has admitted to killing another city teen in a dispute the prosecutor said didn’t even involve the victim.
Georel Lloyd, 18, formerly of Ontario Street, appeared Friday in Schenectady County Court and pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder. Lloyd is to receive 20 years to life in state prison.
He admitted to intentionally killing 19-year-old Terrill Reese Jr. with a shotgun on Sept. 18, 2010, firing from no more than five feet away on Tremont Avenue, near Watt Street.
In court, Lloyd gave brief answers to the judge’s questions about the crime, court witnesses said. But Reese’s family members were not comforted.
“To me, his answers didn’t seem like he was remorseful at all about what happened,” Reese’s mother, Shicoah Yarbrough, said later.
At the end of the proceedings, members of Reese’s family and a woman there for Lloyd got in a brief argument, which was quickly broken up by court officers.
Reese’s grandmother, Tari Bobbitt, said later she wished Lloyd could have been given a longer sentence. She cited a statement Lloyd made in court that the shooting resulted from a problem, but he couldn’t state the problem.
“If you can just take a life by having a problem and you don’t even know what the problem is, it’s in your head to take another life,” Bobbitt said.
Lloyd’s attorney, Michael Horan, said later that his client took the 20-years-to-life offer after weighing the likelihood of success at trial. Lloyd, Horan said, gave a full confession to police after his arrest, on paper as well as on video.
According to prosecutors, citing accounts given by Lloyd and co-defendant Jamel Reed, the problem is believed to have stemmed from a gun incident involving another man, Kevin McGough. The two told police McGough pointed a gun at them days earlier.
Lloyd and Reed, 23, of Brooklyn, retaliated by firing into McGough’s home on Bradley Street. The two then went to Steinmetz Homes on Sept. 10, looking for McGough. They even vandalized a car hoping to lure McGough out, but he never appeared.
As Lloyd and Reed left, they spotted Reese, whom they believed to be an associate of McGough. Reed fired from their car, missing Reese. Lloyd, outside of the vehicle, then used the shotgun, firing once into Reese’s chest, killing him.
Prosecutor Peter Willis said there was no indication Reese had ever threatened anyone with a gun or did anything to warrant being targeted.
“According to both Reed and the defendant, there was no plan or pre-planning. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing,” Willis said.
Reed pleaded guilty in September to one count of attempted murder. He was expected to testify against Lloyd and is to receive between 12 and 15 years in prison at his sentencing in March.
Lloyd is to be sentenced in April.
McGough was accused in a shooting that prosecutors said was in retaliation for Reese’s killing. No one was hurt in that case, and McGough was acquitted of the actual shooting, but was convicted of multiple weapons counts and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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