Syracuse, N.Y. -- An 18-year-old was sentenced Thursday for his role in a robbery that led to the death of a 25-year-old in Syracuse in 2022.
Geremiah Burrell, 18, was the last of the three teens to be sentenced for his part in luring Isaiah Hudson to Carbon Street so the boys -- who were 17 at the time -- could buy weed.
Instead, the trio decided to rob Hudson at gunpoint which escalated to Tremaine Davis shooting Hudson.
Davis was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for second-degree murder. Corlito Wall -- the third codefendant -- pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was sentenced to 1⅓ to 4 years in prison and granted youthful offender status.
Hudson was shot in the head while trying to drive off, according to the court documents. He was later taken to Upstate University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
All three teens pleaded guilty to their role in Hudson’s death. Burrell, who is not accused of shooting Hudson, originally pleaded guilty to the murder charge and first-degree attempted robbery.
On Thursday, the murder charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement because Burrell agreed to testify against Davis if his case went to trial. Burrell was sentenced to 10 years for the attempted robbery.
Before the judge read his sentence, Burrell took the opportunity to apologize to Hudson’s family in the courtroom.
Hudson’s sister also read a letter written by Hudson’s mother. In the letter, Hudson’s mother said that all three boys are equally responsible for her son’s death and the pain that his family feels.
Judge Matthew Doran told Burrell that he hopes Burrell can do his best to live the best life he can because Hudson never got that opportunity.
Doran said that Hudson’s death is especially tragic because he died over “essentially nothing.” The robbery was motivated by a small amount of weed, prosecutors have said.
Prosecutor Rob Moran said that unfortunately, Burrell’s situation is not unique. He said that his office has seen an increase in young men committing violent crimes and he doesn’t see an obvious solution for this trend.
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