Second man in Oneida Castle homicide pleads guilty
ONEIDA CASTLE — The second man involved in a robbery turned murder in Oneida Castle has pleaded guilty in court instead of taking his case to a second trial, according to Oneida County Court officials.
Travon Golden, 24, of Canandaigua, pleaded guilty before Judge Michael L. Dwyer on Friday to one count of first-degree robbery, court officials said. He has accepted a sentence of 12 years in state prison, and will return for sentencing on March 27.
Authorities said Golden was the driver when he and co-defendant Romero Collier, of Syracuse, traveled to the Oneida Castle home of Tyler McBain on Aug. 4, 2020. Authorities said Collier went inside and stole a quantity of marijuana from McBain, then shot and killed McBain.
The pair fled westbound on the Thruway, pursued by law enforcement officials. Authorities said they crashed on a side road in Seneca County and Golden was taken into custody near the crash. Collier was taken into custody days later.
Collier went to trial in September 2021 and he was convicted of one count each of first and second-degree murder, as well as first-degree criminal use of a firearm and first-degree robbery. Collier was sentenced in December 2021 to life in prison.
Golden went to trial in April in April 2022 and the trial ended with a hung jury, unable to reach a unanimous verdict. The Oneida County District Attorney's Office was preparing for a second trial when this plea deal was reached.
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