The man accused of firing the fatal shot that ended a wild November car chase through the Mont Pleasant neighborhood admitted to the killing in court this morning.
Nicholas Khan, 20, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty in Schenectady County Court to one count of second-degree murder.
In return for his plea, Khan is to receive 20 years to life in state prison.
Khan admitted to shooting and killing William Riddick after a car chase late on Nov. 12.
A co-defendant, Gilbert L. Williams, 20, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty in January to first-degree manslaughter. Williams was the driver in the case, Khan was the passenger and shooter.
Williams is to receive 10 years in prison.
Khan was accused of firing at least three volleys at Riddick during the two-mile, early morning 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.
Khan is represented by attorney Mark Caruso. Caruso declined to comment after this morning's proceedings.
Taking the plea was visiting Schenectady County Court Judge Richard Giardino.