SCHENECTADY – A city man convicted in February of possessing a weapon and then attempting to bribe a witness in the case was sentenced this past week to 10 years in prison, the prosecutor in the case said.
Keyone J. Everett, 30, was convicted then of two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and attempted bribing a witness, felonies.
Prosecutors asked for the maximum possible sentence of up to 19 years, prosecutor Amy Burock said. He was sentenced Thursday.
“He is a recalcitrant violent felon and we are glad that the community will be protected from him for a significant period of time,” Burock said in a statement.
The case stemmed from an incident on March 9, 2019 that began at the Tropics Restaurant and Bar on Brandywine Avenue, officials said. The jury found Everett showed a gun to security there and then later offered money to security to say it wasn’t him.
Everett got into a fight at about 3 a.m. and security guards ejected him from the bar. Everett, however, retrieved a revolver from a nearby car and returned to the bar entrance. He then made threatening remarks to the security guards and attempted to re-enter.
When one of the security guards denied him entry, he lifted his shirt to reveal the gun in his waistband and told the guard “You see what I got here, right?” prosecutors said.
City police officers pulled up at that moment and Everett returned to the car and an associate drove him away at a high rate of speed, prosecutors said.
The security guards then alerted the officer to Everett and the gun. Officers chased Everett and found him and the car on Paige Street. Inside the car was the gun, prosecutors said.
Everett was arrested and held. While at the jail, Everett directed friends and family to offer money to the security guard witness in exchange for saying he had identified the wrong person, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors used surveillance footage from the bar to corroborate the guard’s account of what happened. Investigators also found a photo of Everett on his cellphone wearing the same clothes he wore the night of the incident, as well as video from days before showing him listening to music and waving around the revolver, prosecutors said.