Lavance Kirksey gets 18-36 years for third-degree murder

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A man faces up to 36 years behind bars for a fatal shooting in 2016.  This morning, a judge sentenced 25-year-old Lavance Kirksey to 18 to 36 years in prison.  Last month, Kirksey pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in the death of Jemar Phillips.  

The crime happened at West 18th and Raspberry Streets in Erie on Valentine’s Day of 2016.  Phillips’ sisters took the stand today.  They say they’re relieved Kirksey won’t be getting out anytime soon.

Terri Pacley, Philips’ sister, says, “From the last two years we ain’t been able to heal because it’s just been one thing after another. Every time we’re getting over it, it’s another court hearing”.

The other accused shooter, Torriano Beard, was sentenced in January to life in prison for first-degree murder.

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