Man Gets 6 Years In Prison For Killing Teen-Ager With BB Gun

CLEVELAND (AP) - A college freshman who shot and killed a teen-ager with a BB gun was sentenced on Thursday to six years in prison.

Andre Beasley, 19, of nearby Euclid, was arrested in August in his University of Akron dormitory room for the drive-by shooting of 13-year-old Raymond Bozak.

Bozak was shot in the back Aug. 21 while picking pears at a garden center with his brothers.

Beasley pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangering, and faced a maximum 10 years in prison when he was sentenced by Judge Robert Glickman of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Bozak's parents, holding pictures of Raymond, made a tearful speech to the court at Beasley's sentencing.

Rich Bozak, Raymond's father, said his son was "doing exactly what a 13-year-old boy should be doing on a warm summer day -- playing with his little brothers. You pointed a gun at my son and pulled the trigger."

Beasley, handcuffed with his arms behind his back, turned to the parents and apologized.

"I really am sorry in the bottom of my heart," Beasley said. "I didn't mean to do that. I didn't mean to hurt nobody."

Dontell Lassiter, 19, of suburban North Olmsted, who drove the car, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will be sentenced Friday.

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