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Utica man sentenced for fatal shooting

January 5, 2013 10:50:07 AM PST
A 31-year-old upstate New York man who started a fight that resulted in a fatal shooting has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. The Utica Observer-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/TBoXQ8 ) that Octavius Garrett was sentenced Friday in Oneida County Court, where he had previously pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Garrett was fighting with 24-year-old Anthony Garner on a Utica street in May 2011 when two of Garrett's friends joined in and Garner was shot to death.

A jury convicted 32-year-old Marshall Jackson of murder. He's serving 25 years to life in prison. The other man, 28-year-old Dominique Cook, is set to be sentenced Jan. 18. He pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder in a deal that will send him to prison for 15 years.

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