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