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August 21, 2016

DAILYKENN.com -- 18-year-old Anthony Grant was sentenced to 21 years in prison for his role in the fatally shooting of a white man in Cleveland, Ohio.

Charles Knipp was fatally shot while sitting on a car outside a west side bar May 11, 2015. 

Authorities believe the shooting resulted from a pre-planned robbery, according to reports. 

From cleveland.com:

An 18-year-old Cleveland man was sentenced to over 21 years in prison for his role in a fatal May 2015 shooting outside a bar on Cleveland's West Side.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Corrigan sentenced Anthony Grant Tuesday in connection with the death of Charles Knipp.

Grant was one of two men charged in the May 11, 2015 shooting outside Frenchie's Escape, a bar located in the 3800 block of Denison Avenue.

Robert Hicks pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Aug. 3. Grant pleaded guilty to two counts aggravated robbery and weapons charges. Both were originally charged with aggravated murder. 

Both men will also serve five years of probation after they are released from state prison.

Investigators said that Hicks shot Knipp during an armed robbery attempt as Knipp sat on the hood of a car outside the bar. Police believe the two men planned to rob the bar when Knipp left.

Five members of Knipps' family gave statements to the judge and pleaded for a maximum prison sentence in the shooting. 

"He was a downright good guy," Knipps' brother Ken Fitz the judge. "If you were hungry he would give you food. If you were cold he would go out and give you a jacket. He didn't deserve to die like that...in a pool of blood in that driveway."

Knipps' girlfriend, Amber Glass, turned to face Grant as she took the podium.

"I was the one, after you shot him, who ran across the street and tried to give him breath," she said. "You tool his breath, buy you still have yours. I hope you get the max."

Corrigan imposed consecutive, but not maximum sentences. The judge could have sentenced him to an additional three years. 

Grant's mother, Francesca Santiago, apologized to the family in the courtroom before begging Corrigan for mercy on her son.

"I was a child raising a child, and it was hard," Santiago said. "Now I have to beg you for mercy on my son."

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  1. A child raising a child.They have ALL the excuses!