Man admits to deadly beating of Albany woman

May 18, 2017 03:53 PM

ALBANY - The man accused of brutally beating and killing a 63-year-old woman in Albany took a plea deal on Thursday.

Gerard Burks’s own attorney says the evidence against him was overwhelming.

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Burks's attorney, Terry Kindlon, says this plea was an attempt to make the best out of a really bad situation.

The 39-year-old Burks faced a judge Thursday morning in Albany County Court to plead guilty of murder.

Police say it was a random attack at the South Mall Towers in Albany in November. Burks beat the 63-year-old woman. The crushing blows caused her death about a week later.

Kindlon says the attack was captured on security video. There was also an eyewitness in the case.

Burks first rejected a plea deal offered to him last week. However, with the amount of evidence against him, Kindlon says this plea was the best possible outcome.

"I've been practicing law since 1973 and I can honestly say that this is, without question, the most provable murder case I have ever seen in my entire career as a criminal defense lawyer," he admitted. "The proof in this case was graphic and irrefutable. It consisted of eyewitness testimony and video and the video was unequivocal. There was no question about it."

Burks faces 18 or 19 years to life in prison. The 18 or 19 will be decided at the time of sentencing on July 13.


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