- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - A 42-year-old man has been convicted in the June 2013 robbery and murder of an alleged Binghamton drug dealer.

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports (https://press.sn/1LTrD7Y ) a Broome County jury returned guilty verdicts against Nigel Smith for charges of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

Prosecutors say Smith and an accomplice traveled to the home of Bretnie “Sha” Owens on June 15, 2013 to “teach him a lesson.”

Police say an acquaintance found Owens dead in his home the next morning. Prosecutors say Owens’ cause of death was asphyxiation.

Smith was apprehended in September 2013 after leading police on a high-speed chase through downtown Binghamton into Fenton.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17. The murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

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Information from: Press & Sun-Bulletin, https://www.pressconnects.com


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