Utica woman sentenced after pleading guilty to robbery that lead to fatal shooting

A Utica woman was sentenced to one-to-three years in New York State Prison after pleading guilty to third-degree robbery for attempting to rob an Albany police officer in Utica this past January.

Posted: Sep 23, 2019 3:41 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2019 3:56 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – A Utica woman was sentenced to one-to-three years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree robbery for attempting to rob an Albany police officer in Utica this past January.

Amanda Bushley, 30, was accused of prostituting on Lincoln Avenue when she and Shatelle Hooks, of Syracuse, attempted to rob Albany police officer Christofer Kitto.

Police say Kitto appeared to be under the influence of alcohol when he approached Bushley. She and Hooks then attempted to rob Kitto, who shot and killed Hooks during the altercation. Utica police called Hooks' death a “justifiable homicide.”

In addition to time in New York State Prison, Bushley's sentence also included a fine, surcharge and waiver of appeal.

Bushley was also arrested in a March drug bust in Utica and charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.  

Back in May, Kitto, who was also charged, resigned as an Albany police officer and pleaded guilty to DWAI. The charge against him for patronizing a prostitute was dropped.

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