Man sentenced to 26 years for Wilmington slaying

March 15, 2009 2:03:16 PM PDT
A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for a fatal shooting in November 2007.Jermaine Vessels pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two weapons counts in the death of 21-year-old Omar Kinard.

Vessels, a father of five, apologized at his sentencing hearing Friday, saying he never meant for Kinard to die and that "things just got out of hand."

According to testimony, Vessels had been in a long-running dispute with Kinard and several other people and had a confrontation with the group. Vessels said they threatened him with guns and knives. When the group returned later in the evening, Vessels ran and grabbed a handgun, then fired five shots as he emerged from around a corner. Kinard was shot in the head and died several days later.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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