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Troy man admits to fatally stabbing Takim Smith in February

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TROY, N.Y. – A Troy man has pleaded guilty to his connection of the fatal stabbing of Takim Smith.

Eric Aaron "Boogz" Mallard, 20, admitted to fatally stabbing 21-year-old Smith once in his chest this past February. Mallard pleaded guilty on Tuesday to First-Degree Manslaughter.  He was the seventh person to admit to his connection of luring Smith into a Corliss Park apartment with the intention of robbing him.

Originally, jury selection for Mallard's trial was expected to begin on Wednesday, but Smith's family did not want a trial.  Mallard will now be sentenced to 20 years in State Prison plus five years of post-release supervision.  He will also be ordered to pay $7,700 in restitution during his November 12th sentencing.  

Mallard was facing Second-Degree Murder charges, if convicted by a jury he would have faced up to 25 years to life in State Prison. 

The fatal stabbing happened in February when two girls, Keyanna Bradley, 18, and then-16-year-old Mariyah Zeigler lured Smith into the apartment with the promise of sex.  Once Smith was in the apartment and undressed, four other teens tried to rob him, which is when the incident turned into a fatal stabbing.

Authorities said the motive of the fatal robbery was because the teenagers knew Smith was recently awarded more than $60,000 in a medical settlement.

The teens only made away with $32, a necklace and a cellphone. 

Bradley, Zeigler, Davonte McGill, 18, Ravenal Dunbar, 18, Chawn Sheares, 17, and Keith Ferguson, 18 were all charged with 2nd-Degree Murder, 1st and 2nd-Degree Robbery, Conspiracy and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.  All six took plea deals to a robbery charge.  Although they have not been sentenced, they are expected to serve 6-10 years in State Prison. 

Smith was a father of four and was attending Bryant Stratton Community College at the time of his death. 

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