Posted at: 08/30/2013 12:56 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
TROY – The man who shot to death a Troy father of five was sentenced Friday morning to 15 years in prison.
The shooting happened last year in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street. The victim, 36-year-old Shakim Miller, was gunned down in front of horrified witnesses.
Those close to Miller suggested in court Friday that the killing was gang related, committed by a young man who did not even know the person whose life he ended.
According to investigating police, both 19-year-old Allen McBee and Miller fired shots during the confrontation on Second Street in March 2012. Miller was hit several times in the face.
McBee was found hiding in a nearby house. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The victim's mother gave an impact statement that was also a lecture urging McBee to turn around his life.
“I know people think I come here to damn you, to curse you, to tell you I hate you for what you did. I don't. All I'm saying to you is put yourself in the place where I am, my daughter-in-law is and my kids is right now,” she said.
The mother of Miller's children started to read her own impact statement, but soon was unable to continue. The prosecutor voiced her words.
“I will never understand how you could kill a man you didn't even know because out of what someone told you to do. My life has been nothing but heartache and pain since then,” her statement read.
McBee apologized in a voice that could barely be heard.
“I'm truly, honestly sorry about everything that happened. I never meant for this to happen. I wish I could take it all back. Every day I have nightmares of really dying myself,” he said.
The plea was for manslaughter and criminal use of a weapon.
McBee will still be a relatively young man of about 35 at the end of his sentence -- just about the same age as his manslaughter victim.