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Albany man sentenced in murder of Amsterdam man

Albany man sentenced in murder of Amsterdam man

A jury convicted him of murder, attempted robbery and weapons possession
Albany man sentenced in murder of Amsterdam man
Nicholas X. Smith
Photographer: Amsterdam Police Department (inset); Jason Subik/Gazette Reporter (Background)

AMSTERDAM - An Albany man was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in state prison for the murder of an Amsterdam resident, Montgomery County District Attorney's officials said.

Nicholas X. Smith, 20, was found guilty in December by a Montgomery County Court jury of second-degree murder in the June 19 shooting death of Michael C. Cable, officials said.

The jury deliberated for two days before returning its guilty verdict for murder, as well as first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Smith appeared in court Friday and Judge Kelly S. McKeighan handed down the total sentence of 25 years to life in prison. The term is the maximum possible for second-degree murder. 

The jury found that Smith attempted to rob Cable and ultimately shot and killed him, District Attorney Kelli McCoski said. 

The investigation included work from the Amsterdam Police Department and the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Unit. The investigation included work tracking Smith's whereabouts from Albany to Amsterdam, then into Fulton County and back to Albany, prosecutors said. Smith was taken into custody in Albany.

Smith was arrested by Amsterdam police within days of Cable's murder, accused of gunning Cable down just before 10 p.m. June 19 at Cable's 17 Lefferts St. residence.

After being shot, Cable, 37, exited the residence to get help, but collapsed on the sidewalk, police said. Cable’s girlfriend discovered him about 30 minutes after the shooting and dialed 911, police said.

Police canvassed the area after the shooting and recovered evidence stashed in an abandoned house at 38 Eagle St., police said.

Police credited surveillance equipment on Cable’s residence as being key to the identification of Smith and the quick arrest. Police arrested Smith June 25.

"Due to the diligent efforts of the Amsterdam Police Department, other law enforcement agencies and with the cooperation of residents and businesses with security videos, a senseless murder was solved very quickly," McCoski said in a statement.

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