Schenectady County

Man faces multiple felonies in alleged Schenectady gun transaction

Authorities now believe they know how Jamell Modest got the gun he used to kill his ex-girlfriend in

Authorities now believe they know how Jamell Modest got the gun he used to kill his ex-girlfriend in December 2014 — he traded a car for it, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Robert Daniels, 42, also known as “Grand Pubar El Bey” and “Pubar,” appeared in Schenectady County Court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to a new indictment charging him with multiple felony weapons counts, as well as a misdemeanor count of criminal facilitation.

The indictment does not reference the Dec. 13 shooting death of Markia Harris at the hands of Modest, but prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham said Thursday that the charges against Daniels relate to Modest.

Authorities believe Modest traded a vehicle with Daniels in exchange for the gun Modest later used to kill Harris, Tremante-Pelham said. The indictment puts the date of the transaction at Dec. 11, 2014, two days before Harris’ murder.

The indictment only accuses Daniels of providing the gun “believing it probable that he was rendering aid to a person who intended to commit a crime” and that his conduct provided the means or opportunity to commit an unspecified felony.

Daniels appeared with his attorney, Lee Greenstein, in front of Judge Matthew Sypniewski.

Daniels sought no bail application and remains in jail, attorneys said.

Modest, 46, is serving 23 years to life in prison after admitted to gunning down Harris inside a parked vehicle on State Street at Elder. Their 9-month-old child sat in the back seat as Modest fired five times.

In all, Daniels faces one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, felonies. He also faces the misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal facilitation.

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