NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Newark man who fatally shot a 14-year-old city boy last summer has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison.
Nineteen-year-old Isiah Hemphill pleaded guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter and a weapons offense in the shooting death of Keith Calhoun.
Hemphill initially was charged with murder after the teen was shot in the back on a city street in August. Hemphill had gone there after his aunt told him his cousin was involved in a dispute with several people, and he opened fire as the group ran off.
Hemphill, who was sentenced Friday, could have faced life in prison if convicted on the murder charge. He claims that he did not intend to kill anyone, saying that he fired his gun only to scare off the group.
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