Man Gets 25 Years For Killing Student.
Post, 31 Jan 2009 (Castaneda, long).
A Lanham man was sentenced to 25 years in prison yesterday in the slaying of an 18-year-old woman who was struck by a bullet last year as she walked home from a Prince George's County high school.
Prosecutors said that the shooting stemmed from a feud between two groups of teenagers and that the victim, Cherrese Richardson [Photo], was not involved with either group.
"I didn't think none of this would happen," defendant Terrance R. Martin said in court. "I'm sorry for what happened."
As she imposed the sentence, Circuit Court Judge Sheila R. Tillerson Adams said, "There are consequences for our choices in life."
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In September, a jury convicted Martin of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and other offenses. He was acquitted of first-degree murder.
Richardson was shot in the head Jan. 8, 2008, as she was walking home from Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale. She fell and died in front of her younger sister.
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Martin's co-defendant, Jeffrey D. Boddie, 18, is scheduled to go trial on Monday on charges of first-degree murder and other offenses. [Followup on Boddie]
(Updated 3 Feb 2009)