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Man admits to role in chase, fatal shooting

Man admits to role in chase, fatal shooting

An accomplice to an alleged November car chase and retaliation killing in the Mont Pleasant neighbor
Man admits to role in chase, fatal shooting
Schenectady firefighter/paramedics and police officers tend to the driver of this car who has shot in the head in a field on the Norwood Avenue side of Mont Pleasant Middle School on Nov. 12, 2013.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

An accomplice to an alleged November car chase and retaliation killing in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood admitted to his role Friday.

Gilbert L. Williams, 20, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty in Schenectady County Court to one count of first-degree manslaughter.

If he follows all the requirements of his plea, as set out in a agreement of cooperation with prosecutors, he is to be sentenced to 10 years in prison. If he doesn’t, he faces a minimum of 15 years and as many as 25.

William Riddick was shot to death after a car chase late on Nov. 12. Williams was the pursuing driver, prosecutor Philip Mueller said. A passenger in Williams’ car, Nicholas Khan, is accused of firing the fatal shot.

Khan allegedly fired at least three volleys at Riddick during the two-mile chase. The final volley, fired near Mont Pleasant Middle School, struck Riddick, killing him, authorities said.

Police have said Williams and Khan were chasing the 24-year-old Riddick in retaliation for Riddick and a second man stealing Khan’s car at gunpoint earlier in the evening.

Riddick’s alleged accomplice in the car theft has been identified as Dayshon McKenzie. He faces multiple felony robbery counts in connection with that theft. He was also a passenger in Riddick’s vehicle when Riddick was killed.

Police have arrested one other person in connection with the incidents, a woman identified as Khan’s girlfriend, Tashiana Keller. Keller, 20, faces multiple perjury counts for allegedly lying to a Schenectady County grand jury about what she knew about those involved in the shooting. Authorities say she was with Khan when he was robbed.

Williams was initially charged with second-degree murder. He was represented in court by attorney Adam Parisi, who declined comment after the plea.

Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago accepted the plea.

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