Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Abel Cedeno Sentenced to 14 Years

The sentencing day is here for Abel Cedeno, 20. Cedeno was found guilty during the summer for the murder of Matthew McCree and the assault of Ariane Laboy. He claimed to be the victim of bullying by the aforementioned due to his sexual orientation. Today, Judge Michael Gross handed down a 14-year sentence to Abel Cedeno and declined youthful offender status due to the seriousness of the charges. Many people have petitioned the judge to consider a lesser status, including long-time politician Ruben Diaz Sr. who has been accused of homophobia in the past.

Originally, Cedeno had been facing 50 years in prison due to the incident. Had he gotten youthful offense status, the sentence could have been about 2 years or less. The mother of Matthew McCree accepted the sentence but wished it would have been 50 years. His aunt showed more emotion and said she has fond memories of McCree, but the one that will stick with her now is seeing his lifeless boy with a huge hole in his chest.

Cedeno apologized at court to the families stating he felt "horrible" and that this is something he has to think about "every day." He said, "I'll have to live with that for the rest of my life, I regret it so much, and I wish that I could take it all back." McCree's mother stated in a press conference afterward that his words were not sincere and were coached by his lawyers.

There is no word as to whether or not this will be appealed. Many on social media feel Abel should have been cleared of all charges.

A fight broke out at the lobby of the courthouse. There is no more information as to why it broke out and with whom.

This story is a tragedy for both sides.  No sane person can take sides on this one.  On one side, a gay youth was bullied and the school did nothing. While on the other side, a family lost a child and another survived an attack and have to live with the injuries, memories, and loss of his best friend.




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