Albany man sentenced in manslaughter case

ALBANY, N.Y. An Albany man was sentenced in county court Friday on manslaughter charges.

Leonard Spence, 26, of Albany, was sentenced to 21 years in state prison. He pleaded guilty to one felony count of Manslaughter in Albany County Court in November. 

On April 18, 2013 in the area of Central Avenue and King Avenue in the City of Albany, authorities say Spence shot Darzee Reid. The victim was rushed to the hospital, but pronounced dead shortly after he arrived. 

Spence fled the area and was located by U.S. Marshals on the Kentucky, Tennessee border several weeks later. 

After Friday's verdict, the families of the suspect and victim shared a few choice words as emotions ran high.

In court, Reid's mother, fiancée, and sister read victim impact statements calling the death a senseless crime.

“I hope and pray that you get what is coming to you,” said
Reid's mother, Ramona.

“You took a life that was worth living,” said his sister
Deajonae Reid.  “He had a reason to be here just like everyone else
on earth.”

Spence remained unemotional while listening to the testimony and then
he addressed the court. And what he said did not sit well with Reid's family.

“I lost my brother too a year ago,” said Spence. “At
the end of the day, I just want to put it behind me. My brother was
killed in a homicide and my family isn't getting any closure.”

The judge also addressed Spence, saying what he did continued the cycle of violence here in Albany. Reid's sister agreed.

“Like the judge said he didn't accept the fact he could've broke the cycle. It's black on black crime and we all need to stick together it's not right no matter what it is I just don't accept it at all,” she said.

Reid's family shouted at Spence as he left the courtroom and those emotions
spilled outside where both families continued to exchange heated words.

Deajonae Reid said she wants to make sure a strong message comes out of
all this.

“He didn't accept the fact that he could've broken the cycle and it's
not right.”

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