Deadly Shooting on Victim's 21st Birthday in Schenectady

Deadly Shooting on Victim’s 21st Birthday in Schenectady

In a shocking turn of events in Schenectady, 25-year-old Anthony Romero has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Treavine Tate on May 30, 2022 – the victim’s 21st birthday. The incident unfolded chillingly, revealing the tragic outcome of an argument captured on surveillance video from a private business.

The fateful encounter between Romero and Tate took a dark turn as they engaged in a heated argument. The surveillance footage disclosed that Romero, carrying an illegally possessed pistol in a bag around his body, escalated the confrontation by drawing the weapon.

Tate attempted to distance himself as Romero brandished the pistol, but the aggressor relentlessly pursued him onto Hulett Street. In a gruesome act, Romero shot Tate repeatedly, even continuing to fire after the victim had fallen to the ground.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert M. Carney asserted that Romero displayed no signs of fear or imminent danger during the incident. The video evidence indicated Romero as the initial aggressor, pulling out his pistol and pointing it at Tate. Carney emphasized Romero’s duty to retreat, a responsibility he neglected despite having ample opportunity to avoid the tragic outcome.

Romero, who managed to evade law enforcement for about five months post the shooting, faced trial where he admitted to hiding the murder weapon, burning his clothes, and fleeing New York State. The prosecution successfully argued that Romero’s actions were driven by jealousy and malice, leading to the tragic death of Treavine Tate on his 21st birthday.

The jury’s verdict convicted Romero not only of second-degree murder but also of two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence. The latter charges were a result of Romero’s attempt to conceal the crime and evade justice.

The conviction is a testament to the thorough examination of the surveillance video and the relentless pursuit of justice by the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office.

Anthony Romero is scheduled for sentencing on May 1, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. in Schenectady County Court. The severity of the charges ensures that he faces significant penalties.

The potential sentence includes 25 years to life for the murder charge, a maximum of 15 years for each of the weapon possession charges, and an additional two to four years for tampering with evidence. In total, Romero could be sentenced to an aggregate term of 42 years to life.

The conviction of Anthony Romero for the murder of Treavine Tate on their shared 21st birthday sends a strong message about the consequences of violence and unlawful possession of weapons. The legal proceedings uncovered a chilling sequence of events, emphasizing the need for responsible actions and the duty to retreat in situations where lethal force is not justified.

Related News:

As the community grapples with the tragedy, the forthcoming sentencing will serve as a closure to a case that shook Schenectady on that fateful day in May 2022.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *