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Cohoes man sentenced for Albany murder

February 01, 2018 04:37 PM

ALBANY - He was on the run for three months, tracked down by U.S. Marshals and brought back to Albany to face murder charges.

Richard Duckett was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison Monday morning for a Father's Day murder.

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Duckett, 20, was led into Albany County Court to finalize his second-degree murder charge.

The case took place last June in Albany's south end when he came to a picnic that was supposed to celebrate Father's Day. After he shot 46-year old Terrance Roberts to death, Duckett disappeared, fleeing to Georgia. He was arrested last September.

The prosecutor read a statement from the victim's mother-in-law that called the shooting a "monstrous murder" then added further details of how Duckett arrived armed and ready to go after Roberts.

"After having Terrance hit by one of those bullets and dropped to the ground on his stomach, this individual stands over him and shoots him directly in the head – execution style," noted Jessica Blain-Lewis, the assistant district attorney with the Street Crimes Bureau.

Duckett said at the sentencing he had no intention of taking the man's life.

Judge William Carter disagreed, telling Duckett the preparation and the way the crime was committed showed this was no mistake.

Video released shows a melee during that picnic in Albany's south end. It ends with Duckett running from the scene and Roberts laying in the empty parking lot.

No one from Roberts family was in court on Thursday and the district attorney's office says they never want to return to Albany.

Meanwhile, Duckett's mother and aunt are also facing charges -- hindering prosecution.

Jasmine and Brittany Mingo allegedly helped Duckett leave Albany and hid him from law enforcement.  He was found in Brockport in September.

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