A judge sentenced one of the six people involved in the random stabbing death of a New London man Monday afternoon.
Rashad Ahmad Perry, 19, was charged with manslaughter in connection with the Oct. 29, 2010 death of Matthew Chew.
According to court documents, Chew was stabbed numerous times while walking on Huntington Street. The suspects admitted to police that they stabbed Chew because they "were bored."
On Monday, Perry was sentenced to 20 years in jail, of which he must serve at least 15 years.
Police said that Perry dared his friend to do what's called a "beatdown" on Chew.
"It was really important for them to understand who my son was," said Marilyn Chew, about her son.
Matthew Chew was walking home from his job at Two Wives Pizza after 11 p.m. when six teenagers stopped and surrounded him.
Police said they kicked, punched and stabbed him, as well as took his cell phone, so he couldn't call for help.
"They asked him for a lighter," said Matthew Chew's friend, Kim Ammermann, who was with him minutes before his death. "They were bored and had nothing better to do."
Perry's mother said she was sorry and that she didn't raise her son to be like this.
"The most troublesome thing I heard from the state's attorney is that Rashad was laughing while Matthew was being killed," said William Gerace, who is Perry's lawyer. "And to that, I pose this question, would he have been laughing if he believed it was real?"
Perry told police he thought it was a joke.
"I say my condolences out to you guys, the Chew family," he said in court Monday afternoon.
Matthew Chew's father, Richard Chew, said it was "nice to hear" an apology from Perry.
"I hope it was sincere," he told Eyewitness News
One of the other suspects in the case, Iris Elahi, pled guilty to murder. He was sentenced to 35 years in jail on March 23, 2012.
The other four defendants will be sentenced this week.
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