Suspect in Mechanicville pleads guilty to murder

February 23, 2018 06:59 PM

BALLSTON SPA - David Feliciano had a bright future. His mother says the 19-year-old was smart and kind, especially to kids and animals.

Bonnie Jones still can't believe he's gone.

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Feliciano was shot and killed at his Grove Street, Mechanicville apartment August 7. It didn't take long for police to zero in on his killers.

Nikolai Mavashev, 19, and Joseph Broscko, 16, were both charged with murder.

Mavashev confessed at the time of his arrest, but pleaded not guilty. The now 20-year-old cut his losses on Friday and pleaded guilty.

His attorney, Cheryl Coleman, says the evidence against her client was insurmountable.

"My client, who I don't think is a bad person, wasn't very good at this. The evidence was absolutely overwhelming," Coleman said.

In addition to the confession, there were threatening text messages from Mavashev to Feliciano just minutes before the murder, and there were witnesses and surveillance video from the neighborhood.

Prosecutors say Mavashev used a modified .38-caliber handgun to kill Feliciano.

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen says the murder was premeditated.

"They went there to rob the victim of things he had in his apartment. They looked to take money, other items from his apartment and did," Heggen said. "And they did that at gunpoint."

There were sobs in the courtroom from Feliciano's loved ones as Judge Jim Murphy asked Mavashev to admit what he did.

"Shot David your honor," Mavashev said, amid tears of grief and sadness.

Prosecutors say Mavashev and Feliciano were friends at one time.

As a shackled Mavashev was being ushered out of the courthouse Friday, NewsChannel 13 asked him about his friendship with the man he killed.

"No comment," he said.

"I know there was a falling out. I know there was a lot of history of verbal stand-off between them and there was a lot of animosity," said Coleman.

Animosity that ended with a 19-year-old dead and two others headed to prison.

Mavashev will be sentenced to 20-years-to-life. Broscko is expected to get 18-to-life when they're sentenced April 18.


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