The Watervliet man who pled guilty to a shooting in Troy is sentenced in Rensselaer County Court on Friday. YNN's Megan Cruz reports.
TROY, N.Y. -- "I didn't come here to look down on you or disgrace you. I come to lift your spirit up," said Elaine Miller, mother of Sha-kim Miller.
The last thing the 36-year-old told his mom was he'd call her back. Instead, the next call Elaine took was from police, telling her her son had been shot and killed.
"I'm not angry with you," said Miller. "I forgive you. But my heart is broken."
Elaine Miller struggled to get those words out. But she got through them, and looked her son's killer right in the face as she did. She gave an emotional statement at Rensselaer County Court on Thursday before Judge Andrew Ceresia sentenced Allen McBee for Sha-kim's death.
"15 years in state prison, followed by 5 years post-release supervision," said Ceresia.
The 20-year-old admitted to the March 2012 shooting earlier this month. McBee said he was joined by two other people as they approached Sha-kim on 2nd Street in Troy because one of them didn't like the aspiring rapper.
"I'm so sorry," said McBee. "I wish I could take it back."
Sha-kim leaves behind five kids. Their mother also had words for McBee, but was too upset to say them herself.
"He will not be there to see them turn into men," said Sha-kim's girl friend in a letter. "They will not have their father by their side on their birthdays, holidays, or graduations. My youngest son now has to share his birthday with the same day as the death of his father."
Miller pleaded with McBee before officers led him back to prison.
"In your 15 years behind bars, make a change for the better. Not for the worse," she said.
Quintril Clark, 21, and Marcus Mansfield, 19, are the two others who attacked Miller. Clark's trial has been set for September 16. A date has not been scheduled yet for Mansfield. Both face second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon charges.