Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced that after a week-long trial, Mark Scott, 57, of Troy was found guilty yesterday in Rensselaer County Court of Robbery -2nd, a class C felony, in violation of Section 160.10, subdivision (2) (a) and 2 counts of Assault in the 3rd Degree, both class A misdemeanors, in violations of Sections 120.00, subdivision (1) of the Penal Law of the State of New York.
The charges stem from an arrest in 2020 by the Troy Police. On September 10, Scott approached a Lansingburgh business owner and insisted he be paid $150 per week to protect the owners business, which the owner refused. Scott returned on September 11 and demanded payment, when the store owner again refused; Scott robbed the store and beat the owner and his wife.
“We have no tolerance for those that prey upon the hard working individuals in our community. This conviction reflects the importance that assault crimes are to the community and we will continue to work hard to break the cycle of violence gripping the City of Troy,” said District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly. “This was a senseless act of violence, and Mark Scott will be held accountable for his actions.”
Scott faces a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 15 years when he is sentenced on November 4th.
Assistant District Attorney Cheryl McDermott prosecuted the case in front of Judge Jennifer Sober.