Man convicted of killing 17-year-old girl in Schenectady sentenced to 25 years to life

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man convicted of killing a local teenager in Schenectady last year has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Emotions were running hot in the courtroom on Tuesday.

Medina Knowles was 17 years old with a young son when Raekwon Stover came into her bedroom, shot her in the head, and killed her last year. Her mother was unable to contain her anger toward her daughter’s killer in court.

“You are lucky that I can’t get to you. I should have killed you; I really should have. I saved your life and you took hers.”

The anger and sadness that consumes the family Medina left behind is undeniable.

“We all hurt so bad.”

Her mother Tyesha Murray sobbing through a statement ahead of Stover’s sentencing.

“Why did you hurt her like that. Oh God, you didn’t have to hurt her like that.”

Knowles’ was just down the hallway from where her mother was sleeping when she was shot.

“The sound of gunfire I heard as I laid in my bed the night of my daughter’s murder reoccurs over and over vividly in my mind every night.”

Knowles’ toddler son is now without his mother.

“You took Dina from him.”

Her uncle Marcus Goodman also explained the loss.

“I watched and I listened to him at the funeral wave and say goodbye mommy. I realized he will never see her again.”

The prosecution began recounting how not only had Stover murdered the teen girl but saying he killed her because she refused to continue prostituting for his gain.

“Raekwon Stover didn’t just take Medina Knowles’ life. Look how he treated her when she was alive.”

The judge imposed the maximum sentence for Stover and sent him away for 25 years to life.

Knowles’ family will forever miss the young woman and what she could have become.

“She enjoyed life and she enjoyed living it with a smile that would brighten up any room she walked in.”

“She was everything. She was such a big presence in my house and in my life she was my baby.”

Knowles’ was set to return to high school the day after her murder.

Stover will also serve an additional consecutive sentence for 1 1/3 to four years for tampering with evidence.

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