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Albany man convicted in Schenectady murder

Albany man convicted in Schenectady murder

Prosecutors: Man did not intend to kill victim
Albany man convicted in Schenectady murder
Niam Dorvil during opening statements at his trial
Photographer: Jake Lahut/Gazette reporter

SCHENECTADY -- A 26-year-old Albany man was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder for a July shooting on Crane Street that claimed the life of Jonny Olds of Schenectady.

A jury returned the guilty verdict against Niam Dorvil of Albany after prosecutors argued he displayed “depraved indifference” when he indiscriminately fired seven rounds into a crowd of 30 people on Crane Street on July 29.

One of those bullets struck and killed Olds, a 20-year-old, father-to-be. Police and prosecutors said Dorvil did not target Olds, which was the reason for the lesser murder charge. At least two other guns were fired during the shootout that night, which was sparked by a fistfight that resulted in multiple injuries.

Prosecutors said Dorvil told police after the shooting that “he was not satisfied with life and mad at the world in general,” according to a Wednesday press release about the conviction.

Dorvil was also found guilty on two counts of criminal weapon possession and first-degree reckless endangerment. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2.

Olds was a few months from becoming a father when he was killed. He was remembered by family members as a caring person who “was always smiling and fun to be around.”

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