Man sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for 2015 murder
The former Albany man accused of firing a gun into a crowd of people back in 2015, killing a man, was sentenced on Monday to 22 years in prison.
Jaushi’ir Weaver, 25, was convicted after a retrial in September of second-degree murder in the May 5, 2015 shooting death of Courtney Yates.
Weaver, a 16-year-old student at Bishop Maginn High School, was convicted in April 2016. However, the conviction was reversed on appeal earlier this year because of an error in how the jury was instructed.
Weaver was resentenced in Albany County Court on Monday after emotional victim impact testimony from Yates’ romantic partner Robin Williams and mother Patricia Yates.
Williams said Yates’ death robbed her of her spirit and her ability to function.
“I literally died. I had to pray for peace of mind,” she said.
She said Weaver made a conscious decision to go out and fire 14 bullets into a crowd of people. Williams said she does not believe he has shown any remorse.
“If you had any remorse, you would not be here bringing us through hell all over again,” she said.
She said she would pray for him.
Yates’ mother, who testified by video, said her son was, funny, thoughtful and loved to cook and eat. They had discussed maybe he would go into a career in public service such as a firefighter, police officer or in the military.
“He was the kind of person that would have been an asset to his country, his community and to the world at large,” she said.
Yates said Weaver should be held accountable for his actions and shared Williams’ sentiments that he used the mistake found on appeal as another way not to take accountability.
“You should man up and be responsible for your actions,” she said.
When given the opportunity to speak, Weaver said he is not the same person as the 16-year-old who committed the crime.
“My body is different. My mind is different. My heart is different,” she said.
He said he wanted an opportunity to make something better of his life.
Weaver said he made a mistake being around a group of people that he thought was “cool.”
Weaver apologized to his family for causing pain, saying he knows how it feels to lose someone close to them. He said he is sorry he ruined Yates’ family from the bottom of his heart.
Judge Andra Ackerson said that she took issue with Weaver’s statement that he took responsibility for his actions. He said something different when he took the stand at trial. He said he did not kill anyone and was forced to do this because he feared his family would be harmed.
“The jury didn’t buy it and I didn’t buy it,” she said.
She handed down a sentence of 22 years to life in prison, which by law would run concurrently to the sentence of 15 years to life he is serving for a conviction on a criminal possession of a weapon charge.
After sentence was imposed, Weaver filed out a form indicating he would appeal.