The young man who admitted to killing another teen nearly a decade ago has finally been sentenced.
The offender, who can’t be identified as he was 17 at the time, was handed a seven-year term, which is the maximum youth sentence for second-degree murder.
He pleaded guilty to the murder of Adam Cavanagh, who was shot in the head through a basement window of his parents’ home in 2007.
The accused was originally convicted of first-degree murder, but was granted a new trial on appeal, and he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge this past November.
It’s been a lengthy ordeal for the Cavanagh family, as they went through the court process.
“We did have some frustrations earlier on in this process as a result of the change from a first-degree murder charge to a second-degree murder charge,” Cavanagh’s father Perry told reporters outside court. “A large pill to swallow, I guess you could say.”
Four years of the sentence will be in custody while three will be spent under supervision in the community.
Cavanagh is hoping the youth can turn his life around.
“It’s unfortunate that a young man like him conducted himself in this way,” he said. “It’s caused us significant grief and will for the rest of our lives. We sure hope he can turn into a positive contributor to our society as opposed to a murderer.”
Defense lawyer Michael Bates adds the youth is extremely remorseful.
“His focus is that he’s going to do all the programming he can, everything everybody asks him to do,” Bates told reporters outside court. “He’s had a lot of time in jail already to think about what’s happened. All he can do now is look forward to trying to do what’s right going forward.”