posted on February 21, 2012 14:33
With family and friends sobbing in the gallery, a county court judge sentenced 19-year-old Kevin Andrews to a maximum seven-year prison sentence Tuesday – punishment for his role in a violent stabbing that robbed the victim of his eye.
Andrews was an accomplice, and has prior admitted that he participated, in the assault of a victim at Batavia Gardens Apartments in November 2011. The attack stemmed from an argument and was apparently fueled by alcohol.
Andrews officially pleaded guilty to 3rd-degree attempted burglary in December 2011. Co-defendants included Andrews' brother Timothy, 22, and Christopher Preedom, 18, who also pleaded in the case and await sentencing.
On Tuesday, Andrews was stoic as District Attorney Lawrence Friedman listed off factors in support of the maximum sentence.
"No one can argue that this is a horrible crime, both in the conduct of the defendants and the result," said Friedman. "While Mr. Andrews certainly did not inflict the most serious injury – " (Preedom is suspected of the actual stabbing) " – one can argue that none of this may have even happened, without all three defendants there that night." Friedman noted that Andrews already received a substantial break by pleading down from
Andrews' attorney Sandra Gorman did not offer any defense for Andrews' in court, but simply asked for probation.
Andrews' own words to the judge took a different tone.
"If I could go back in time, I'd take back everything that happened," Andrews told Judge Robert Noonan. "Not just this, but my entire life. I'd change everything.
"Whatever is given to me today, I've come to accept," he said.
Judge Noonan told Kevin Andrews, there are no second chances in life.
"The conduct you engaged in created horrible consequences," said Noonan, and promptly sentenced Andrews to the maximum seven-year prison sentence.
Family members could be heard to say, "I love you Kevin" as Andrews was escorted away.