In the fall of 2018, a young woman lured a young man to a location in Albany, where he was shot to death. Yesterday, the young woman involved in the incident appeared in the Albany County Court, before Judge Peter Lynch, and received her sentencing.

According to In the fall of 2018, Isis Knight lured Tyshon Williams to the intersection of Park Avenue and Phillips Street, with the promise of a sexual encounter. Instead of sex, Williams was shot and killed.

As part of a plea deal with the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, Knight pled guilty in 2019. Knight could have received a sentence of 25 years to life, but Judge Lynch decided on a lesser sentence. Today she was sentenced to 15 years to life.

Judge Lynch said to Ms. Knight, “You got caught up here in a horrific act, but you are a young person. You are a person who, in my view, has the possibility of rehabilitation. I don’t know if you will or you won’t be, but because I get to decide the appropriate sentence, I am considering that possibility.”

In a statement, Knight asked for the Williams family’s forgiveness. She said, “You have all the right to have hatred toward me and feel the way you do and I have to accept it. I’m not asking for your forgiveness now, but one day I’m hoping you will find forgiveness in your heart.“

The trigger man in the incident, Sha-Mel Rush, also pleaded guilty. He was sentenced last year to 25 years to life for his involvement in the incident.

This is a sad story for everyone involved. There were three young lives destroyed in the incident, but the carnage did not stop there. There were three families who suffered a tremendous loss. This should be a lesson to young men to watch what women you associate with.
It is my hope that we will soon see an end to the destruction of gun violence.

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