Long sentence for killer of Rochester native
Posted at: 09/19/2012 4:37 PM
By: Associated Press/News10NBC | WHEC.com
An 18-year-old western New York man has been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a Niagara University student from Rochester during an apparent robbery attempt.
Gordon Jackson apologized to victim Brandon Johnson's family before being sentenced Wednesday in Niagara County Court.
Jackson shot the 21-year-old accounting major from Rochester in the head with a shotgun in the victim's off-campus apartment on Dec. 8.
In court, Jackson's lawyer said Jackson had been manipulated by a 24-year-old co-defendant. But Jackson himself said he never blamed anyone else.
Co-defendant Cordero Gibson has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but has asked to revoke the plea. The motion is pending.
Brandon Johnson was a 2009 graduate of Wilson Magnet High School.