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Albany man sentenced in fatal shooting

Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- A 26-year-old Albany man has been sentenced to 21 years in state prison for fatally shooting another man last spring.

The Albany County District Attorney's Office says Leonard Spence was sentenced in county court Friday.

He pleaded guilty on Nov. 22 to first-degree manslaughter in the killing of 26-year-old Darzee Reid of Troy. Police say Spence shot Reid with a handgun last April 18. He was originally charged with second-degree murder.

Reid was slain a few blocks from the Albany barbering school he was attending.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney says neither Reid nor another man injured by gunfire was the intended target of what she described as "retaliatory street violence."

Spence fled Albany after the shooting but was caught by U.S. marshals in Pembroke, Ky. a month later.

 
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