TROY, N.Y. – The Troy man who pleaded guilty to his connection in the stabbing death of Takim Smith was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Rensselaer County Court on Tuesday.
20-year-old Eric Aaron "Boogz" Mallard admitted to fatally stabbing 21-year-old Takim Smith once in the chest this past February. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison plus five years post-release supervison.
Mallard pleaded guilty October 8th to first-degree Manslaughter. He was the seventh person to admit to his connection to luring Smith into a Corliss Park apartment with intention of robbing him.
If Mallard's case made it to trial, he would have faced up to 25 years to life in prison, but Smith's family did not want a trial.
In court on Tuesday, Smith's family spoke. Speaking through tears, his grandmother said "her heart has stopped beating since his murder."
"You took everything he worked so hard for," she said. "Takim didn't have to
die, not like this."
Smith's mother also spoke to Mallard saying, "I have not forgiven you for what you did to my family. He was set up, robbed and murdered for no reason."
After the victim's family spoke Mallard stood up and
apologized, saying that "he never meant for this to happen, and he hopes that
each day will get easier for them."
The fatal stabbing happened in February when 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 cell phone.
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. They have not been sentenced, but they are expected to serve 6-10 years in State Prison.
Smith was a father of four and was attending Bryant and Stratton Community College at the time of his death.