Elmira, N.Y. (WENY)-- An Elmira man who plead guilty to manslaughter in connection to a stabbing death in 2014 was sentenced in Chemung County Court Friday.
Joshua Demellier was given 8 years in prison, with 5 years post release supervision. In June of 2014, Demellier stabbed Ellis Kittles, who later died at the hospital. Demellier was originally charged with second degree murder, but plead guilty to first degree manslaughter as part of a plea deal. The Chemung County DA's office gave him the deal because they were dealing with proof problems, due to witnesses being uncooperative.
During sentencing, Demellier addressed the court. "I apologize for what I've done...and it shouldn't have played out the way it played out. I apologize," Demellier said.
Presiding Chemung County Court Judge Richard Rich was disappointed with the plea deal. He said the sentence for the case was outrageously low, but had to accept the terms of the plea deal. "Your record on the street shows you should never see the light of day again," Judge Rich said to Demellier.
The 8 year sentence is added onto the 25 year sentence Demellier is already serving for an attempted murder conviction. Also in June of 2014, Demellier pistol whipped a victim, knocking him unconscious on Sullivan Street in Elmira. Then, he chased another victim down the street and shot that person in the abdomen.
Demellier was already incarcerated when he was charged in connection to the murder of Kittles.