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DA: Schenectady man convicted of burglary, assault on woman; Witnesses, DNA, body cam footage credited

DA: Schenectady man convicted of burglary, assault on woman; Witnesses, DNA, body cam footage credited

He is to be sentenced later
DA: Schenectady man convicted of burglary, assault on woman; Witnesses, DNA, body cam footage credited
Sylvester Moore
Photographer: Schenectady County District Attorney (inset); Shutterstock (background)

SCHENECTADY -- A city man was convicted Tuesday on burglary, assault and robbery counts for breaking into his girlfriend's apartment and forcing her to give him money, Schenectady County District Attorney's officials said.

Prosecutors credited witnesses, DNA evidence and police body camera footage with helping to achieve the conviction.

Sylvester Moore, 36, stood trial in Schenectady County Court, accused in the May 3 incident on State Street.

Moore contended the woman, with whom he had had a relationship, owed him money. He forced his way into her apartment by pushing in a living room window, found the victim and struck her while demanding money, prosecutors said.

The victim eventually indicated she could get him money at an ATM housed at a convenience store across the street. Once there, she requested bystanders to contact police, prosecutors said.

Moore responded by striking the victim again, grabbing her by the neck and slamming her into the side of the convenience store, prosecutors said.

The woman then relinquished her ATM card and PIN and Moore threatened to kill her if there was no money there, prosecutors said.

Moore then fled on foot, but discarded the jacket and long sleeved shirt he was wearing, prosecutors said.

Police recovered both articles of clothing and sent them for DNA analysis. The DNA matched Moore's, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors also credited the work of city Officer Jarod Hayen, who canvassed the scene, and DA investigator John Madden, who used Hayen's body camera footage to find and obtain cooperation from those witnesses.

Prosecutor Eamonn Neary then presented the case at trial and got the conviction.

"It was a team effort by all involved," Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said in a news release.

In all, the jury convicted Moore of first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree assault.

He is to be sentenced later and faces up to 25 years in prison on the burglary charge. Moore remains in custody.

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