Sentencing in murder trial

A man who admitted to killing a teenager last year will spend the next 20-years behind bars.

Alexander Muniz shot and killed 18-year-old James Crowe in the parking lot of a Versailles apartment complex in April of 2011.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May of this year, which angered many in Crowe's family.

"Alex took his life. He was just 18 years old. No one has a right to take another persons life. I don't known what made him think he had that right," Patricia Crider, the victim's grandmother, testified in court.

Last month, Muniz and his attorney reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Muniz pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Crowe's family members say that Crowe's father, who lives in Florida, signed off on the deal. They say they did not agree with that decision.

Muniz remained silent in court on Wednesday. His attorney, Tucker Richardson, says that Muniz is remorseful.

"He is a quiet individual. Sometimes you do things in a rash manner you want to take back. We've all had these regrets. He has that," Richardson said.

The judge told Muniz he hopes that during his 20 years in prison, he has a chance to think about the life he took.

Crowe's family says that James would have turned 20 last week.


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