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Man acquitted in 2016 Schenectady murder faces new drug, weapons counts

Man acquitted in 2016 Schenectady murder faces new drug, weapons counts

Man acquitted in 2016 Schenectady murder faces new drug, weapons counts
Arsheen Montgomery, left, during his 2017 murder case, right, his new mugshot
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer, left; Schenectady County Jail, right

SCHENECTADY -- A man acquitted two years ago in a drug-related Schenectady murder case is now facing drug and weapons charges, records show.

Arsheen Montgomery, 25, was arrested earlier this month after he was found in possession of a stolen handgun and cocaine earlier this month, according to court documents.

Montgomery is accused of being in possession of 6.22 grams of cocaine when he was apprehended just after 6 a.m. on Feb. 7 at 442 Hulett St., according to court documents.

He also had a loaded Taurus Millennium G2 9mm handgun that had been reported stolen in Manchester, New Hampshire, according to the police allegations.

He was arraigned and ordered held on $60,000 bail. He remained in custody on Wednesday.

The new charges come just under two years after a Schenectady County jury acquitted Montgomery and another man, Tyshawn Plowden, of charges related to the 2016 shooting death of Taquan Foreman, at 410 Paige St.

Prosecutors alleged Plowden, 28, Montgomery and a third man, 19-year-old Jahsiah Tucker, all of Schenectady, plotted to rob Foreman of drugs and money the evening of May 6, 2016, but their plot went awry, and Montgomery shot and killed Foreman.

But Montgomery attorney Mark Juda and Plowden's attorney, Cheryl Coleman, argued that the jury couldn't convict based on the evidence presented. Nothing other than Tucker's word placed either defendant in the apartment with Foreman during the robbery, the attorneys argued. Coleman argued Tucker sold his testimony for a lenient sentence.

Representing Montgomery in the new case is attorney Sven Paul, who would not comment on the case, other than saying the new charges would be treated like any other similar case.

Amy Burock is prosecuting the new charges. She also would not comment, other than to confirm the arrest came after investigators served a search warrant at the Hulett Street address.

Plowden has also faced charges since the March 2017 acquittal in Foreman's death. He was charged in connection with an October 2017 slashing in Mont Pleasant. He also took that case to trial and was again acquitted. The jury's only conviction in that case was for a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge.


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