At his sentencing hearing this morning, Richard Cameron Wilkerson was sentenced to no less than 20 and no more than 40 years in prison after being convicted earlier this year of second degree murder in connection with the death of Brian Newman.
Wilkerson was found guilty of second degree murder in Newman's death, which occurred during an altercation at the Century Club in Buffalo back in September of 2012.
Today's sentencing hearing was rescheduled from a previously scheduled hearing, but the pre-sentencing investigation report was not completed in time for that hearing and it was rescheduled to today.
Both the prosecution and defense made statements recommending different sentences, with the state arguing for 40 to 60 years and the defense suggesting the minimum 20 years.
Wilkerson was given an opportunity to speak before his sentencing but chose not to address the court.
Judge William J. Edelman spoke to Wilkerson, saying he had weighed many factors in the case, including intent, Wilkerson's previous record, and the numerous letters addressed to the court from the families of both Wilkerson and Newman, and in the end felt a sentence of 20 to 40 years was appropriate in this case.
Judge Edelman explained to Wilkerson he had the right to file an appeal either on the conviction or the sentence but cautioned he had limited time to do so.
Based on comments made by Wilkerson's defense attorney during the hearing, it appears they will file an appeal.