- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A Syracuse man will spend at least 40 years in prison in connection with the shooting death of an apartment complex resident who refused to let the gunman in to collect a drug debt.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (https://bit.ly/1GCO2RO ) that Jerami Lozada was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life for the November 2012 shooting of Andrew Doyle outside the John Lawrence apartments in Syracuse.

The 24-year-old was sentenced to another 15 years for an illegal weapon charge.

Richard Doyle, the victim’s nephew, described his uncle as a peaceful person who was “shot in the head for standing up to a drug dealer.”

Prosecutors had the option of combining Lozada’s gun sentence with his murder sentence. They decided to keep the charges separate to give Lozada more time in prison.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, https://www.syracuse.com

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