JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man found guilty in June of shooting and killing his Andrew Jackson High classmate and friend has been resentenced to 45 years in prison.
On Thursday, a Duval County judge sentenced Frederick Lee Wade for the murder of Kalil McCoy on June 20, 2011.
The incident happened during an argument between Wade and McCoy in a moving vehicle, according to the arrest report. Wade was convicted of murder in 2012 and sentenced to life in prison. The conviction was overturned in on appeal due improper instructions given to the jury during the first trial.
During the sentencing hearing, Wade faced McCoy's family with an apology. He said the entire ordeal was a tragic accident. Wade said he loved McCoy like a sister and said he hoped one day he could explain to her family what really happened. Lynette Roebuck, McCoy's mother testified she couldn't accept Wade's remorse because it comes too late.
"Where was the true remorse seven years ago?" Roebuck said on the stand, "You made the choice to pull the trigger, if you loved her you would have taken her to the hospital when you had the opportunity."
After the shooting, Wade disposed of McCoy's body in a ditch just outside her mother's daycare business. McCoy's family said the argument between the two classmates started over whether to roll down the car window.
Her family said Wade pretended to want justice for her death in the days after the discovery of her body.
McCoy's twin brother, Adil McCoy recalled Wade embracing him and saying he hoped they find who did this to Kalil.
Not until July 1 did Wade tell police what happened.
Following the sentence, McCoy's mom said it was not the justice she expected, but she would accept it.
"We're not angry like we thought we would be, it's not justice like we wanted it to be, but 45 [years in prison], it's ok," Roebuck said. "He'll be 70 when he gets out."
During the hearing, Wade's defense attorney asked the judge for 30 to 40 years as a sentence. Several members of Wade's family testified about his good qualities during childhood and school and how he was the last person they would think would be in jail for killing someone.
Of Wade's sentence of 45 years in prison, a mandatory 25 years must be served. He has 30 days to appeal the conviction and sentence and owes $3,500 in restitution.
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