TROY, N.Y. – Eric Mallard will be sentenced in Rensselaer County Court Tuesday after he admitted to his connection in the stabbing death of Takim Smith.
20-year-old Mallard admitted to fatally stabbing 21-year-old Smith once in the chest this past February. Mallard pleaded guilty October 8 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.
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.
Mallard will be sentenced to 20 years in State Prison plus five years of post-release supervision. He will also be ordered to pay $7,700 in restitution.