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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:00 am

18-year-old killer given 74 years

Convicted in slaying, robbery at Woodbridge

FRANK GRAY | The Journal Gazette

Kevin Hamilton, convicted last month of murder for killing a man while robbing him of a bag of marijuana, was sentenced Tuesday to 74 years in prison.

Hamilton, 18, and an accomplice went to Woodbridge Apartments on Washington Center Road on Aug. 14 with plans to rob Brian Quintana, 18.

Hamilton brought a gun, and when Quintana began to fight with Hamilton's accomplice over the bag of marijuana, Hamilton fired a shot into Quintana's car after his accomplice yelled “shoot.” Quintana was hit in the chest and died at a hospital. Hamilton's accomplice is being prosecuted as a juvenile.

The defense argued for the shortest possible sentence because Hamilton, who was 17 at the time of the killing, was young, had no adult record and had a 4-year-old child.

The prosecution argued that he was arrested at 14 on a criminal battery charge, at 16 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and had gotten off probation not long before the robbery and killing took place.

Asked whether he had anything to say, Hamilton said it didn't matter what he said to the family. “I can never explain” what happened, and he doesn't expect them to forgive him. He said he never wanted to kill anyone and that he'd do anything to fix what happened, but he can't.

“I can sit in prison for the rest of my life,” he said. “I wish something positive could come out of this.”

Superior Court Judge Fran Gull sentenced Hamilton to 55 years for murder, nine years for robbery and 10 years for use of a firearm in a crime. The sentences will be served one after the other for a total of 74 years.