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One Of Two Convicted In Waverly Place Murder Receives Sentence

Blackshear stands next to his attorney, Les Lewis, at his sentencing 5/5/11

Utica, NY (WIBX) – Although he was convicted of burglary, robbery and murder, Eric Blackshear continues to deny his involvement in a home invasion homicide in January of last year.

Blackshear and Vincent Enos were found guilty of a total of nine counts for breaking into a home on Waverly Place, stealing thousands of dollars from 19-year-old Shaun Vaughn, then executing him in the attic.

After Vaughn’s mother, Karen Brown, emotionally told the court home much she missed her son, Blackshear also had a chance to speak. He expressed his belief that he did not receive a fair trial, saying some of the testimony in the case was contradictary and hearsay.

Brown reads a letter from her murdered son, Shaun Vaughn, before Blackshear's sentencing 5/5/11

Blackshear also addressed Brown directly, saying he had nothing to do with Vaughn’s death, ‘and this whole thing was a misunderstanding.’ “God bless his soul and you too Mrs. Brown,” Blackshear said.

Judge Barry Donalty sentenced Blackshear to 50 years to life in prison for his role in the ‘cold blooded execution’. Donalty called the actions of Blackshear and Enos ‘cowardess’, because they ‘had the money, there was no need to harm him’.

Trial testimony indicated that Vaughn had stashed several thousand dollars in the home’s attic after selling his vehicle and receiving his tuition assistance check.

Enos is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

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