A Schenectady man admitted in court Monday morning that he shot a man five times at a Madison Street apartment while robbing him of an iPad, Schenectady County District Attorney’s officials said.
It was only because of the quick work of Schenectady Fire Department paramedics and emergency room staff at Albany Medical Center that the victim survived, prosecutor Peter Willis said.
Nasjuan S. Jones, 19, of Craig Street, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault.
He is to receive 15 years in state prison when sentenced Nov. 12.
Jones was accused of critically wounding the man Feb. 8 at a Madison Street address. It started with the victim looking to sell an iPad through word of mouth, prosecutor Peter Willis said. Word got to Jones, who knew the victim, and the two agreed to meet at the victim’s residence.
Once there, though, the iPad purchase turned into an armed robbery, Willis said, which appeared to be Jones’ intent all along.
A struggle ensued and Jones opened fire, hitting the victim five times with five separate shots from a revolver, Willis said.
The victim was hit three times in the stomach area, once in the chest and once in the shoulder. Despite this, he was still able to get to a neighboring apartment door to summon help. The struggle ended outside the victim’s apartment and in the hallway.
After alerting the neighbor, the victim collapsed, Willis said.
Willis credited the first responders with keeping the case from becoming a murder case. “The paramedics from the Fire Department did a great job saving his life, same with the staff of the emergency room,” he said. “He certainly would have died without their prompt intervention.”
The victim continues to recover from his injuries, Willis said, and will have the opportunity to address the court at sentencing.
Jones fled the scene with the iPad and then left Schenectady, Willis said. He was arrested in March in Queens.
Jones also pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault for an incident at the Schenectady County Jail. He will get three years in prison for that crime, but the prison time will run concurrently with the more serious charge from the shooting.
The plea came as jury selection was about to begin in the shooting case. It was taken by Judge Frank P. Milano. Jones was represented by attorney Michael Mansion.