A man who participated in the November 2000 baseball bat killing of a pizza delivery man as a 15-year-old is headed back to prison.
Isaiah Curry, 28, was sentenced Friday morning in Schenectady County Court to 12 years behind bars for a September 2013 incident in which he took his ex-girlfriend’s apartment key, ransacked the apartment and assaulted her. Curry was convicted in May of multiple counts, including burglary and robbery.
Curry also faces more prison time from related violations of his state parole in the murder case. He is to remain supervised for the rest of his life under his juvenile murder plea in the 2000 killing of Hassan Noorzai. He served about 11 years of a 10 years to life sentence in that case.
In court Friday morning, prosecutor Brian Gray asked that Curry be sentenced to the maximum prison term allowed, 15 years. He argued Curry’s past acts and the acts he was convicted of in the current case show he can’t live peacefully in society.
The burglary and robbery, Gray said, resulted from a dispute over a missing cellphone.
“If something as small as not being able to find a cellphone set this man off to the point of committing violent and aggressive acts against another human being, I ask you to sentence him to the maximum,” Gray said.
Curry’s attorney, Wendy DeForge, said the case was not about Curry’s past, however, but about a domestic dispute. She asked for the minimum sentence of seven years.
Curry apologized in court.
“My actions were uncalled for and inappropriate,” Curry said in court. “I’d like to issue an apology to them.”
Judge Felix Catena said the sentence he handed out had to do with the current offense, not prior actions.
“There are other ways of dealing with things other than in a violent nature,” Catena told Curry. “The violent acts you did upon this woman, she didn’t deserve that.”
Curry’s age at the time of the Noorzai’s killing resulted in a juvenile murder sentence. His co-defendants, one of whom delivered the fatal blows, were both 16 at the time and are now serving sentences of 50 years to life. The three teens lured Noorzai to Yates Village by ordering pizza.