SCHENECTADY — A man who tried to run down the brother of murder victim Wayne Best last year was sentenced Monday to eight years in state prison.
A Schenectady County jury in March convicted Devin Conway of first-degree attempted assault in the March 29, 2016, State Street incident involving Johnathan Best, Wayne Best’s brother.
Prosecutors called the incident a “cruel and serious” attempt to injure a man who had lost a brother to murder and asked for 10 years in prison.
Conway’s defense called Conway’s actions a “jerk move,” but argued he did not intend to harm the victim. The defense asked for the minimum, five years.
Judge Mark Blanchfield ultimately sentenced Conway to eight years, saying video entered at trial captured by a nearby surveillance camera spelled out clearly Conway’s intent to run over Johnathan Best.
The jury found Conway intentionally aimed his SUV at Johnathan Best in a parking lot off State Street behind the Bingo Palace.
The video shows Johnathan Best jumping out of the way with a second to spare, according to prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham.
Conway’s motive stemmed from an earlier dispute he had with Wayne Best, Tremante-Pelham argued.
Conway transferred his animosity toward Best’s family after Best’s December 2014 shooting death, partly due to Conway’s name emerging in the Best murder investigation as someone upset with Best, Tremante-Pelham argued. Three men unconnected to Conway were later charged and convicted in the murder, with the convicted shooter receiving a life sentence last month.
Conway’s defense stressed that Conway had nothing to do with Wayne Best’s…
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