ALBANY, N.Y. - 20-year-old Maleek Johnson was sentenced to 18 years in state prison on Thursday morning, for the murder of Ishmael Dowling.
On September 19th, 2012, Johnson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree.
On July 23rd, 2011, Johnson shot 28-year-old Ishmael Dowling, while Dowling was sitting in his vehicle.
Dowling fled a short distance, crashed his vehicle into a brick wall, and was found dead when police arrived at the scene.
The shooting occurred at 4:01 a.m., in the area of Broad Street and Third Avenue, in the City of Albany.
DNA evidence subsequently linked Johnson to the murder weapon.
"The young adults of Albany County need to take notice of this case, and understand how the choices you make not only have lasting consequences for you, but also those around you," said DA Soares.
Bureau Chief of the Major Offenses Unit Eric Galarneau and Assistant District Attorney Kurt Haas of the Street Crimes Bureau prosecuted this case.