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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bronx Man Pleads Guilty To Participating In June 18, 2015, Upper West Side Robbery And Murder

Defendant Was a Member of Violent Robbery Crew

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that MICHAEL ADAMS, 30, of the Bronx, pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas to participating in an armed robbery of a small business on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on June 18, 2015, which resulted in the shooting and killing of a store clerk, Bubacarr Camera.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “Today, Michael Adams admitted to his role in the June 2015 robbery and murder of innocent shopkeeper Bubacarr Camera.  I want to thank the ATF, the NYPD, and the U.S. Marshals for their outstanding investigative work on this important case.”

According to the allegations in the Indictment to which MICHAEL ADAMS pled guilty and other documents in the public record:           

On June 18, 2015, MICHAEL ADAMS and two other men, Stephen Adams and Zubearu Bettis, shot and killed Bubacarr Camera in the course of a robbery of a store located at 906 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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The charges to which MICHAEL ADAMS pled guilty carry a maximum of life in prison, and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.  The maximum and minimum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jared Lenow and Max Nicholas are in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated April 28, 2016