- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Hamden man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a 2010 robbery shooting that left a man paralyzed.

Twenty-five-year-old Kevin Blackman pleaded guilty in April in a deal with prosecutors to conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit robbery.

The New Haven Register reports (https://bit.ly/1HLk2H7) the judge heard emotional statements Tuesday on behalf of the victim, John Belcher of Hamden.

Belcher’s statement was read by a victim advocate. It said he was 25 when his spinal cord was severed, and went from an independent life as an athlete and recent college graduate to needing around-the-clock medical care.

Blackman and his mother apologized to the court.

Blackman’s lawyer said he never intended for anyone to be hurt during the robbery. Three other men also are charged in the case.


Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com

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