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Man to get 19-year term for shootings

Man to get 19-year term for shootings

Prosecutors believe shootings were gang-related
Man to get 19-year term for shootings
Schenectady Police officers move in to clear a Crane Street residence after Marvin Sanchez was shot in February.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

SCHENECTADY -- A man charged in connection with a violent drug-related home invasion, as well as a shooting in a U-Haul dispute, admitted to both crimes Friday, prosecutors said.

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Pharoah J. Nisby, 23, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree burglary. He is expected to be sentenced to 19 years in state prison at his April sentencing.

In the first case, Nisby admitted shooting Marvin Sanchez on Feb. 20, 2016, on Crane Street.

Nisby shot Sanchez during a neighbor dispute over a U-Haul truck. Nisby pulled a revolver on neighbor Jose Sanchez, and when Sanchez' brother Marvin intervened, Nisby shot Marvin Sanchez, 30, twice. Sanchez has recovered from the injuries, according to prosecutor Brian Gray.

Nisby fled. On parole at the time, he cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet and disappeared.

Police released Nisby's name as a person of interest in the case but didn't catch him until May 17, 2016, when they spotted an injured Nisby outside 10 Shirley Drive. Police had been called to the residence for reports of shots fired.

Police eventually determined Nisby and others survived a shootout that Nisby started.

A mask covering his face, Nisby forced his way into the apartment looking for drugs, prosecutors said. Occupants resisted, and Nisby shot one of them multiple times. Someone upstairs responded by grabbing his own gun and returning fire. In all, three people were shot, but all survived.

Police believed Nisby targeted the residence as rival drug dealers. Nisby is a member of the Ku Gang, which prosecutors said they have dismantled through multiple arrests.

The other men shot in the exchange -- Chaquill Foster, 22, and Vantze Maddicks, 20, both of Schenectady, face drug charges related to the incident. Maddicks also faces weapons counts, Gray said.

Authorities have said the Ku Gang formed after the July 2015 killing of Kusaan Tolliver on Schenectady Street. Tolliver, nicknamed "Kussy," was 18 at the time of his death and was shot by a 21-year-old man in retaliation for an earlier altercation, prosecutors have said.

Police made multiple arrests last spring and early summer. Authorities reported a subsequent drastic drop in gun crimes in June and July.

Another member of the Ku Gang also admitted involvement in a shooting Friday, prosecutors said. Naseyf Salahuddin, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder for the Jan. 30, 2016, shooting death of Marquel Fallen on Germania Avenue.

He is to receive 20 years to life in state prison at his April sentencing.

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