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Schenectady man convicted of armed robbery

Schenectady man convicted of armed robbery

The trial of a man accused in an August of an armed mugging ended Friday with his conviction, a pros

The trial of a man accused in an August of an armed mugging ended Friday with his conviction, a prosecutor said.

Rasheed J. Gamble, 20, was convicted by a Schenectady County Court jury of first-degree robbery and other counts in connection with the early morning Aug. 30 robbery.

The jury found that Gamble robbed another man at gunpoint at the corner of State and Steuben streets, taking the man’s headphones and cellphone. The jury returned its verdict after about two hours of deliberations, said Peter Willis, prosecutor for the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim was on his way to work, Willis said.

Gamble, though his attorney Steve Kouray, contended the incident was a marijuana deal gone bad, and that the victim made up the robbery story because he was shorted some marijuana.

Willis countered that with testimony and video footage from the county’s street camera system. The cameras, which rotate between directions, caught before and after the incident.

Willis argued the footage was consistent with a robbery and made Gamble’s account implausible.

Gamble now faces up to 25 years in state prison at his May sentencing. Gamble rejected a plea deal in January that would have resulted in five years in prison.

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