WENY News - Meadows sentenced to 25 to life for Draht Hill homicide

Meadows sentenced to 25 to life for Draht Hill homicide

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     ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- In May, Kimani Meadows was convicted for killing Robyn Roper back in December of 2016. Monday morning, Meadows learned his fate for the Draht Hill Homicide. Meadows was sentenced to 25-years to life for the slaying. He's already serving time for attempted murder in a separate case. Due to that, he won't start serving time for murder until his attempted murder sentence has been finished.

    "We asked for it and the judge agreed and the judge sentenced him consecutively, which means he has to serve the 25 years on the previous crimes that he's been convicted before he even starts this sentence," said Chemung County District Attorney, Weeden Wet more. "So he's looking at 50 years to life imprisonment."

     Along with his second degree murder charge, Meadows was also charged with second and third degree criminal possession of a weapon. In each charge, he received the maximum sentence. As for Roper's family, they feel justice has been served. Before sentencing, Roper's mother stood in the courtroom and delivered a speech to the man who killed her daughter. No matter what was said in  the courtroom, there are no words that could bring her daughter back.

    "Even to read everything, what I said, I do appreciate the fact that my daughter did live for 33 years," said Roper's Mother, Katherine Gamble. "Now she's no longer here."

    According to Wetmore, they expect an appeal.

    "We will argue against any reversals, any arguments based on appeal," said Wetmore. "Hopefully this will be affirmed and they can move on with their lives with closure at some point."

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