Thursday, February 16, 2012

Buffalo, NY: Man sentenced for murder over sandwich

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The man who killed his girlfriend over a sandwich was served justice on Wednesday for the senseless murder.

It began about a year ago on Breckenridge Street in Buffalo when Marcus Gottsche and his ex-girlfriend, 28-year-old Jasmine Armour, got into a fight over a sandwich. Gottsche then shot her in the back, killing her.

At his trial in December, Gottsche was convicted of second degree murder. He did not testify in his defense.

But Wednesday he spoke publicly for the first time about the case, saying that he's not a murderer or a violent or deceitful man. It didn't do much good though as State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison. It was not enough for the victim's mother.

Catherine Crago said, "This isn't closure. This is like taking a fist full of coarse salt and stuffing it into the sucking chest wound that used to be my only child."

Gottsche did apologize to the vitctim's mother, but she says she's become a different person after this experience - one without hope.

The defense had asked for the minimum, which would have been 15 years to life in prison, but the judge went for the maximum instead.

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