Al­bany man ad­mits to deadly Thanks­giv­ing shoot­ing of Troy man

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

AL­BANY, N.Y. » An Al­bany man ad­mit­ted Thurs­day morn­ing to gun­ning down a Troy res­i­dent in­side an Al­bany bar early on Thanks­giv­ing Day last year.

The Al­bany County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice said Ka­reem Black­nall, 31, pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court to a felony count of first-de­gree man­slaugh­ter in the death of Wen­dell Hill, 26, of Troy, in­side Rocks, a night­club on Cen­tral Av­enue. In re­turn for his plea, the DA’s of­fice said Black­nall is ex­pected to be sen­tenced Dec. 7 by Judge Thomas Bres­lin to as much as 25 years in prison, fol­lowed by five years of post-re­lease su­per­vi­sion.

Au­thor­i­ties said Hill was gunned down about 2 a.m. Nov. 24, while three other peo­ple were wounded as they stood near Hill, though none sus­tained life-threat­en­ing in­juries. Po­lice said at the time that Hill and Black­nall knew each other and that Hill was the in­tended tar­get.

Black­nall was ini­tially in­dicted on charges of sec­ond­de­gree mur­der, sec­ond-de­gree crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a weapon and first-de­gree reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and was also charged with third­de­gree at­tempted es­cape af­ter he tried to flee from a po­lice car near South Pearl and Herkimer streets af­ter be­ing taken into cus­tody Dec. 2 in an un­re­leated case.

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