SCHENECTADY — An Albany man this week admitted to the murder of a man in September outside the Star Liquor Store in Schenectady, Schenectady County District Attorney officials said.

Anibal Madera, 29, of Albany, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of murder.

He admitted to intentionally causing the death of Elnahcere Vincent, 22, an Albany resident, on Sept. 25, 2020, outside the Star Liquor Store on State Street, prosecutors said.

Madera is due 18 years to life in prison when sentenced in July, prosecutors said.

Madera was outside the store around 8 p.m. that day when he was approached by Vincent and another person, prosecutors said.

They had a brief chat about derogatory gang symbolism that Madera had posted on a Facebook page. All three were from Albany.

Madera then pulled out a 9mm pistol and shot Vincent three times, hitting him twice with fatal shots that punctured Vincent’s lungs and two of his arteries, prosecutors said.

Vincent had his hands in his pockets throughout the encounter and was unarmed, prosecutors said.

Madera fled on foot through the streets of Schenectady until he reached a friend’s home in Colonie, prosecutors said. He was arrested five days later at a girlfriend’s house in Troy. There he was found in possession of a pistol that later matched ballistically to the three shell casings and a projectile recovered by Schenectady police from the crime scene, prosecutors said.

“This case once again proves the value of the camera network that my office took the initiative to develop beginning in 2002,” said Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney, who sued with the assistant district attorney. district, Eric Weinhold, in a statement. “Cameras recorded the live fire and tracked him throughout his flight path, revealing him at one point moving his gun from his hoodie to his pants and another showing him throwing his sweatshirt distinctive light gray with pink writing.”

Police were then able to recover the sweatshirt and match it by DNA to Madera, Carney said.

“Faced with this mountain of evidence compiled primarily by DA Investigator Rick Voris and Schenectady Police Senior Investigator Brett Ferris and a realistic assessment that, in these circumstances, any claim that shooting was legally justified Mr. Vincent would fail, he was wise to admit his guilt for this crime,” Carney continued.

Carney thanked Vincent’s family, his father, aunt and sister, who were all at the plea, and the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Mark J. Caruso presided. Madera was represented by attorney Brian Mercy.

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