The fourth and final person charged with fatally shooting a Jersey City man whose father was shot a few blocks away six years earlier was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday.
Sidney McCord’s sentence in the homicide of 21-year-old Markell Albright for conspiracy to commit aggravated assault is under the No Early Release Act, meaning he must serve 3½ years. McCord was initially charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, charges that could have carried a sentence of 30 years to life.
Albright was shot and killed on July 23, 2019. Three assailants – Tyshawn Kitchens, 21, of Jersey City, Rashad Terry, 33, of Jersey City and Corey Walker, 24, of East Orange – were sentenced the week last. The four men were sentenced by Hudson County Superior Court Judge John Young, with Kitchens getting the longest time, 14 years.
The shooting occurred on Wilkinson Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Martin Luther King Dr. His father, William “Ghost” Albright, was fatally shot on July 13, 2013, on Ocean Avenue near Wegman Parkway.
“Because of (McCord’s) disregard for human life, I will never see (my son) again,” Monique Kendall, Albright’s mother, said during the sentencing hearing. “I am heartbroken and miss him everyday.”
Speaking directly to McCord, Kendall said: ‘Although you could probably care less, I need you to know that I forgive you – because if I didn’t I would be angry and very bitter and I can’t afford it. I hope that while you are gone, you will become a better person, because the ignorance and hatred you have for each other is a real disgrace to us as a people.
As she did last week during other sentencing, Kendall called on Young to impose a harsher sentence on her son’s killers. She noted that Markell had just become a father and “because he was murdered, his child will never know him.”
The state was represented by Hudson County Assistant District Attorney Raquel Doering.