A man convicted in an armed mugging from last summer was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison.
He had faced up to 25 years. He also rejected an offer prior to trial of just five years, officials have said.
Rasheed J. Gamble, 20, was convicted in April 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 victim was on his way to work, Prosecutor Peter Willis said.
The jury returned its verdict after about two hours of deliberations.
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 the scene before and after the incident.
Willis argued the footage was consistent with a robbery and made Gamble’s account implausible.
Willis on Friday recommended a sentence of 15 years, Kouray said. Kouray asked for something closer to the minimum.
Judge Richard Giardino ultimately sentenced Gamble to 12 years.
“He was fully aware of the offer,” Kouray said later of the rejected five-year deal. “He wanted to tell his side of the story and, unfortunately, the jury didn’t buy his version.”
Kouray filed a notice of appeal immediately after the proceedings.