UTICA — Raekwon Winston was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Thursday morning in Oneida County Court for killing a homeless man.
A jury previously found the 23-year-old Utica man guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the May 7, 2016, death of 60-year-old Lawrence Edwards. He was killed while sleeping in a car near John and Rutger streets.
Winston also was convicted of two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, for which he was sentenced to 15 years detention and five years of post-release supervision, according to court documents. The sentences will be served concurrent to one another.
Winston's sentencing was delayed when his attorney said he had new testimonial evidence that might affect the verdict, but his attorney later said the potential witness did not sign an affidavit. The attorney, Matthew Fanelli, testified in court Wednesday because Winston said he had not been sufficiently represented. Judge Michael Dwyer ruled Winston had been adequately represented.
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