KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man was sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of a Kansas City teenager.
Marcus Smith, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2011 death of 19-year-old Samir Clark, was sentenced Wednesday.
During the sentencing hearing, Clark's mother, Sonya Cherry, choked back the tears as she told the judge she will never get to see the man her son would have become.
Clark was a mentor to many young people. He was a life guard at the YMCA and an Eagle Scout. He was also active in his church and the community.
In August 2011, police say Clark was in an apartment helping a friend and her children who were victims of domestic abuse. Shots were fired through the door of that apartment, killing Clark.
In court Wednesday, Smith told the judge that he was not the one who pulled the trigger. He was criticized by the victim's brother.
"(Smith) never took responsibility for what he has done or how he has damaged our family," said Kariem Cherry, Clark's older brother. "I think he's in the right place where he needs to be."
Clark would have turned 20 on May 5. His family is planning to celebrate his birthday and the life sentence handed to his killer.
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