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Schenectady man convicted in weapons case, attempted bribing of a witness

Schenectady man convicted in weapons case, attempted bribing of a witness

Sentencing in April
Schenectady man convicted in weapons case, attempted bribing of a witness
Keyone J. Everett
Photographer: Schenectady County District Attorney (inset); File photo (background)

SCHENECTADY -- A city man was convicted this week of possessing a weapon and then of attempting to bribe a witness in the case, the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office said.

Keyone J. Everett, 30, was convicted of two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and attempted bribing a witness, felonies.

He is to be sentenced in April. He faces a possible maximum term of 9 to 19 years.

The case stemmed from an incident on March 9 that began at the Tropics Restaurant and Bar on Brandywine Avenue, officials said. The jury found Everett showed a gun to security there and then later offered money to security to say it wasn't him.

Everett got into a fight at about 3 a.m. and security guards ejected him from the bar. Everett, however, retrieved a revolver from a nearby car and returned to the bar entrance. He then made threatening remarks to the security guards and attempted to re-enter.

When one of the security guards denied him entry, he lifted his shirt to reveal the gun in his waistband and told the guard "You see what I got here, right?" prosecutors said.

City police officers pulled up at that moment and Everett returned to the car and an associate drove him away at a high rate of speed, prosecutors said.

The security guards then alerted the officer to Everett and the gun. Officers chased Everett and found him and the car on Paige Street. Inside the car was the gun, prosecutors said.

Everett was arrested and held. While at the jail, Everett directed friends and family to offer money to the security guard witness in exchange for saying he had identified the wrong person, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors used surveillance footage from the bar to corroborate the guard's account of what happened. Investigators also found a photo of Everett on his cellphone wearing the same clothes he wore the night of the incident, as well as video from days before showing him listening to music and waving around the revolver, prosecutors said.

"The patrol officers who responded to this incident should be commended for their handling of this case, in particular Officers Sammy Quinones and Christopher Palmer, who were among the first to arrive," prosecutor Amy Burock said in a news release. "The officers' swift response to the 911 call protected Tropics staff and patrons from a dangerous situation."

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