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There is a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things. This is an example of the wrong way.

A man fired back at a home intruder in May of 2016. However, he received four years in prison on Friday, and the reason why is simple: Vantz Maddicks illegally possessed the gun that he was using to return fire.


The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to the felony weapons possession.

Prosecutors contended Maddicks returned fire on home invader Pharoah Nisby on May 17, 2016, after Nisby fired on another resident, Chaquill Foster.

Nisby broke into the Shirley Drive residence early that morning seeking to take drugs, authorities have said.

All three — Maddicks, Nisby and Foster — suffered gunshot wounds in the incident. All survived and all are now serving prison terms on charges related to the case.

For Maddicks, authorities filed no charges for returning fire on Nisby. Prosecutor Brian Gray said he was legally allowed to defend himself, Foster and others. The incident also took place inside Maddicks’ residence. Maddicks’ name has also been spelled Vantze Maddicks.

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Prosecutors made it clear that he was not punished for firing back and protecting himself. He is being pushing for possessing the firearm illegally. “We didn’t charge him for firing back in self-defense,” Gray continued,  “But he had an illegal gun he had no right to possess. There’s no self-defense for possessing a handgun.”

Prosecutors believe Nisby broke in and soon shot Foster, Gray said. Maddicks then went to get his own gun and returned fire on Nisby, hitting him. Nisby turned his attention to Maddicks and shot him once in the leg.

Nisby, 23, of Schenectady, received a total of 19 years in state prison last month for his role in the Shirley Drive shooting and an earlier, unrelated shooting incident.

Police also found drugs in Foster’s house, and he pleaded guilty to the charges.



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