A New York City man, who prosecutors described as the “mastermind” behind a robbery at the Hampton Motel last April, was sentenced last Friday to spend the next two decades in prison.
Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan sentenced Tyshen “Nitty” Matthews, 41, of Queens, to a 20-year prison sentence to be followed by 5 years on parole.
Matthews was convicted last month by a Washington County jury on felony robbery and burglary charges stemming from his involvement in a robbery at the Hampton Motel on April 11 of last year.
Matthews was one of six people who went to the motel to confront a group from Connecticut that was selling drugs from the motel.
Using what they told police was a pellet gun the group robbed two women of money, electronics and drugs. A number of children were also present in the room.
Hours later, two Connecticut men—Francisco Gonzalez, 23, and Jose Febus, 40—went to Whitehall Mobile Home Park on Route 4 armed with rifles and fired at least 10 shots into a trailer where they believed the robbers to be staying.
No one was hurt in the shooting, but the bullets passed through a second trailer, narrowly missing several sleeping residents.
Special prosecutor Kevin Donlon asked for a lengthy prison term, citing that Matthews had multiple drug-related arrests and convictions.
Law enforcement authorities believe Matthews has been involved in the local drug scene for years.
All of the other defendents in the robbery and shooting cases have been convicted and all but one received prison sentences. Police are still searching for two New York City men who are believed to have played a role in the robbery.
Besides the prison sentences, Matthews also received $2,000 in fines.
His lawyer, Martin Carbone, has appealed the sentence.