The man accused of firing at least one gun shot inside Crossgates Mall last month, leading to panicked shoppers fleeing and the mall being placed on lockdown, received nine years in state prison Friday for violating his probation related to a previous Schenectady drug conviction, prosecutors said.
Tasheem Maeweather, 20, of Albany, appeared in Albany County Court Friday after a judge determined Maeweather committed multiple technical violations of his probation and the judge cited his arrest in the Crossgates Mall case.
Maewether faces multiple counts in the mall shooting, including attempted murder and first-degree attempted assault, in the Nov. 12 shooting.
Judge Peter A. Lynch held a hearing in the probation case and determined he violated the terms and sentenced him to nine years.
Maeweather has pleaded not guilty in the shooting case and his attorney Lee Kindlon contends his client was at the mall that day, but had no gun. Kindlon has argued Maeweather wore a GPS monitor as part of his drug probation and underwent repeated searches.
An off-duty state trooper, however, has testified to witnessing the shooting and identified Maeweather as the man who fired after an altercation.
If convicted of attempted murder in the mall case, Maeweather would face up to 25 years in state prison.