SCHENECTADY : Teen draws 20 years for shotgun killing
Terrill Reese Jr.’s mother didn’t give a formal statement at the sentencing Tuesday of her son’s admitted killer.
At a restitution hearing, just prior to the sentencing, the mother, Shicoah Yarbrough, initially struggled with the prosecutor’s questions regarding her son and his violent passing.
After a pause where she composed herself, she recounted the expenses the family went through to bury her 19-year-old son.
As Yarbrough spoke, the teenager who admitted to killing Reese sat in his orange jail clothing, slouched in his chair, appearing uninterested.
Georel Lloyd, 19 formerly of Ontario Street, pleaded guilty in February to one count of seconddegree murder. He admitted to intentionally killing Reese with a shotgun Sept. 18, 2010, firing at the other youth from no more than fi ve feet away on Tremont Avenue, near Watt Street. He was sentenced to 20 years to life for the crime.
Prosecutors have said Reese was not the initial intended target but that Lloyd believed Reese was associated with the target. But when the target, Kevin McGough, failed to show up where Lloyd and a second gunman expected him to be, they spotted Reese and opened fi re on him.
Judge Michael Coccoma called Lloyd’s actions planned, not spontaneous.
“You may not have gotten the victim you were looking for, but you got someone to satisfy your rage,” he said.
Lloyd’s co-conspirator, 23-yearold Jamel Reed, formerly of Brooklyn, admitted earlier to attempted murder and was sentenced to 12 years. He fired at Reese as well but missed.
Authorities believe it was Mc-Gough who touched off a sequence of events that led to Reese’s death.
Lloyd and Reed told authorities they were looking for McGough that day because McGough had pointed a gun at them days before. They settled on Reese instead.
McGough was one of 13 named in a federal indictment in April, accused of involvement in a gang called Uptown/Gunners. He is currently serving 15 years in state prison on weapons convictions.
McGough’s prosecutors have named Reese as a member of the Uptown/Gunners, but Reese’s death was not referenced in the federal indictment.
The restitution issue was the only outstanding part of the plea to be decided Tuesday. Restitution was capped at $6,000. Most of that, if it’s ever paid, would go to Yarbrough, the rest to the state Crime Victim’s Board.
Yarbrough had planned to give a victim impact statement at the sentencing. She along with family and friends, were present in the gallery as the sentence was imposed.
When Coccoma gave Lloyd the opportunity to make a statement of his own before he was sentenced, he declined. The judge responded that he was surprised Lloyd did not want to express remorse. But he held open the hope that Lloyd might realize the extent of his conduct in the future and somehow make up for what he has done.
What Lloyd did, the judge noted, was “impose a death sentence” on Reese and “a lifetime sentence” on Reese’s family.
The sentence Lloyd received is an appropriate one for his actions, Coccoma said.
“In my mind there is absolutely no justification for your conduct,” Coccoma told Lloyd, who stood for the sentencing. “It’s appropriate that you be removed from the streets of this community.”
The parole board, the judge said, should take note of his comments when Lloyd is eventually up for possible release, something that won’t happen until about 2031 at the earliest.