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Schenectady killer gets added time in drug case

Schenectady killer gets added time in drug case

To be served after murder conviction term
Schenectady killer gets added time in drug case
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ALBANY — A Schenectady man serving 25 years to life in prison for a 2013 homicide that happened during a car chase received more prison time Tuesday for a drug conviction, federal prosecutors said.

Nicholas Khan, 24, was found guilty last year in connection with four Schenectady drug sales that predated the murder. 

Judge Thomas J. McAvoy sentenced Khan to a total of 7 years, 8 months in federal prison, to be served after he completes his Schenectady murder sentence, prosecutors said.

The murder case dates to Nov. 12, 2013. Khan pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the shooting death of 24-year-old William Riddick in Schenectady.

Prosecutors described the case as a revenge killing, after Riddick stole drugs from Khan. The judge in the case sentenced Khan to the maximum term, after Khan failed to cooperate as he promised.

That failure to cooperate also revived the prior drug sale charges authorities had filed against Khan. He was indicted on those charges in federal court in 2015. The charges accuse him of distributing crack cocaine in Schenectady County in July, August and September 2013.

His drug case went to trial last year, and a jury convicted him.

Khan's defense attorney Robert Knightly argued for a sentence to run at the same time as Khan's murder sentence. He characterized Khan as an employee of a drug operation that was run by another person.

Prosecutors, however, called Khan an integral member of the drug trafficking organization and argued he sold distribution-level amounts of crack cocaine. Prosecutors also noted the Riddick murder, which took place two months after the final drug sale for which Kahn was convicted.

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