AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A man cried and apologized to the family of a woman he shot, then was sentenced Wednesday to 17 years in prison for her death.
Rodney Austin, 28, of Akron, pleaded guilty before the start of his trial Monday to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.
Austin shot Stacey McClain, 22, after he got into an argument with her Dec. 17 at a house where she was visiting a friend, prosecutors said.
Austin and three other men were looking for a man believed to have burglarized the home of one of their girlfriends.
The three men pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in McClain's death. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Marvin Shapiro sentenced each to two years in prison.
McClain's daughter, 3 years old at the time, witnessed the shooting.