Marlone Oindo, 23, of Schenectady, pled guilty in Schenectady County Court on January 4, 2022 to Manslaughter in the First Degree and will receive a sentence of 22 years of incarceration when sentenced on March 7, 2022. Oindo pled guilty to shooting Duane Todman on May 23, 2020 while intending to cause him serious physical injury and, in so doing, caused his death. Oindo pled before the Honorable Mark J. Caruso. The case had been scheduled for trial before Judge Caruso to commence on January 31, 2022. The case was prosecuted by Christina Tremante-Pelham. Mr. Oindo was represented by Danielle Neroni Reilly.
District Attorney Robert M. Carney stated: “Mr. Todman was by all accounts a gentle soul and a talented artist who had been offered a scholarship at an art academy in Boston. His senseless killing by Mr. Oindo, a resident of Middletown, N.Y., was a despicable act. We agreed to accept a manslaughter plea and a sentence of 22 years because our chief eyewitness was reported to have described the incident to a third party as a “pistol whipping” that resulted in a death which, if credited by a jury, would negate the element of intent to cause death that would be necessary to convict for murder. In addition, by agreeing to the plea at this time, we were able to continue to protect the identity of protected witnesses who were very reluctant to testify. Had the case gone further their identities would have been disclosed, although the defense was previously provided with the substance of their testimony. It is clear that these men were strangers to one another, and Mr. Oindo had no motive to kill Mr. Todman other than momentary anger at Mr. Todman for telling him to mind his own business. Following his plea, Mr. Oindo did express remorse for his actions and stated his intention to apologize to Mr. Todman’s family.”
For further information contact ADA Christina Tremante-Pelham at 518-388-4723.