- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware teenager has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally shooting a woman who was the victim of a home invasion.

Daiquan Reams, an 18-year-old Wilmington man, apologized at his sentencing hearing Friday for the May 2012 shooting that killed Tamekia Kearney, a mother.

“I’m not a killer, I just wanted to fit in . I did not intend for this to happen,” Reams said. His lawyer argued that Reams had been bullied and was trying to act tough through the shooting.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports (https://delonline.us/1bGoQvI ) that prosecutors struggled to get witnesses to cooperate and agreed as part of a plea deal to recommend no more than 15 years in prison for Reams.

Reams was 17 years old at the time of the shooting. He told investigators that he killed the 28-year-old Kearney to help a friend who had been involved in the home invasion and to send Kearney a message to stop cooperating with the police.

Superior Court Judge Diane Clarke Streett said she believed Reams‘ values were “twisted” but that he had a chance for rehabilitation.

“Because a child played with a gun, we are all here today and two families are in profound pain,” Streett said.

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