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Man convicted of targeting pedestrian

Intended victim narrowly escaped harm

Devin Conway.jpgA man who once appeared on an MTV show about marijuana has been convicted of trying to assault a murder victim's brother with a car, authorities said.

Devin Conway, 29, of Niskayuna, was convicted Friday of first-degree attempted assault. He faces up to 15 years in state prison at his May sentencing.

The jury found Conway intentionally aimed his car at Johnathan Best in a parking lot off State Street, behind the Bingo Palace, as Best walked his dog on March 29, 2016.

The victim jumped out of the way, but barely, prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham said. His dog also was unhurt.

Best was the brother of Wayne Best, who was shot and killed on Parkwood Boulevard in December 2014. Prosecutors argued a dispute Conway had with Wayne Best turned into a dispute with Best's family. Conway was not implicated in Wayne Best's death.

A surveillance camera in the area of the parking lot captured the incident, Tremante-Pelham said, including the victim getting out of the way of Conway's SUV with a second to spare.

Schenectady police, state police and the District Attorney's Office investigated. They arrested Conway in June after tracking him down. He has been in custody since.

The murder of Wayne Best led to a guilty verdict last month against Troy Saunders. Saunders, 32, faces up to life without parole at his sentencing. Tremante-Pelham, who also prosecuted Saunders, argued that Saunders shot and killed Best to rob him of money and marijuana. Two others are also awaiting sentencing after admitting to their roles in the case.

Conway achieved some notoriety in 2012 when he appeared on an episode of the MTV series "True Life" titled "I'm addicted to marijuana." The show featured a friend of Conway's, but included Conway and video of Conway's March 2012 sentencing in a marijuana growing case. Conway received one year in jail.

The episode, still available online, included Conway telling a judge at the sentencing that he hoped he could "start making some better choices in my life." He also hoped he could learn from the experience.

 

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