Life sentence for ordering 2016 Schenectady murder

Defendant hired a Delaware hitman
Tarchand Lall at his sentencing Wednesday
Tarchand Lall at his sentencing Wednesday

SCHENECTADY — The man convicted of orchestrating the scheme to kill a Schenectady acquaintance for $150,000 in life insurance money was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Judge Matthew Sypniewski imposed the maximum sentence on Tarchand Lall, calling him “solely responsible”  for putting into motion the events that led to the 2016 murder of Charles Dembrosky.

“This is a shocking case in how coldly it was calculated,” Sypniewski told Lall before imposing sentence. 

“We know a life, based on [Lall’s] calculations, is $139,230,” Sypniewski said.

Lall, of Schenectady, was convicted in December of first-degree murder. The Schenectady County jury found Lall hired a hitman from Delaware, who traveled to Schenectady with another accomplice and killed Dembrosky outside his 2436 Campbell Ave. residence Nov. 19, 2016.

Those men, hitman Joevany Luna and his driver Kyshaan Moore, also were convicted. Luna received a life sentence while Moore received 25 years to life.

Investigators made their case against the trio by examining Dembrosky’s phone just before he died. They eventually amassed a mountain of technological evidence based on cellphone records, street surveillance video and license plate readers.

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Sypniewski imposed sentence after hearing from prosecutors and Lall’s defense attorney. He also heard from Dembrosky’s brother and the mother of Dembrosky’s young son through statements read in court.

The mother called the plot “monstrous” and said Lall “preyed on desperate people who trusted him.”

Dembrosky’s brother Christopher Dembrosky asked for the maximum possible sentence.

“The finality of death cannot be undone,” Christopher told the court in his statement. “Please protect others from this predator.”

Peter Willis prosecuted the case for the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, along with Jennifer Assini. 

At the sentencing, Willis called Lall’s crime “unconscionable” and said Lall showed a “complete lack of emotion.”

Lall looked at Dembrosky as an asset, Willis said, somebody Lall could make money off.

Lall, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffed, was impassive during the sentencing and shook his head no when asked if he wanted to make a statement. 

His counsel, Cheryl Coleman, said the sentence amounted to a death sentence.

“Lall fully expects to be sentenced severely,” Coleman said. “Given his age and health, any sentence you give is a life sentence.”

In all, the December jury found Lall guilty of first-degree murder and life settlement fraud. The same jury acquitted Lall on related allegations that he tried to have a potential witness in the case killed, also for insurance money.

Afterward, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney hailed his team and the police work that led to the three arrests and convictions.

“It was a very complex investigation,” Carney said, “and in the end, it was largely circumstantial evidence certainly against Tarchand Lall. But sometimes circumstantial evidence is the most powerful because there’s only one explanation.” 

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