- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island man will spend 17 years in prison for his role in a fatal home invasion.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1oOAVsu ) says Matthew Rooney of East Moriches (mohr-IH’-chuhz) tearfully apologized during his sentencing Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November.

Francisco Pirir Canel was shot in the face during the December 2013 home invasion in Eastport. He died after telling the masked intruders that he had no money and would call police.

The man who pulled the trigger, Paul Batterson Jr., is expected to get a 35-year sentence next week.

Marcos Pirir said at Rooney’s sentencing that he and his brother came to the U.S. from Guatemala to support their family.

Pirir said he wants to find forgiveness, but also feels Rooney should be punished.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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