Marquis Singleton, the sixth suspect charged with the stabbing death of an aspiring New London artist, faced the victim's family and the judge Friday afternoon.
Singleton was sentenced to 16 years, with his term suspended after eight years, with five years of probation.
According to court documents, on Oct. 29, 2010, Matthew Chew was stabbed numerous times while walking on Huntington Street.
Singleton and five of his friends admitted to police that they stabbed Chew because they "were bored" after playing video games and wanting to jump somebody.
"I cannot imagine individuals going out because they wanted to do harm to someone because they were bored that night," Matthew Chew's mother, Marilyn Chew, said in court Friday.
The hour-long sentencing included heartfelt comments from the Singleton family and a statement from the defendant addressing the Chew family.
"I wasn't going to talk but I felt I had to man-up," Singleton said. "I want to apologize for the part I played. I didn't go out and kill anybody."
The Honorable Judge Susan Handy said these were five difficult and very long days.
She hopes these sentences send a message that violence of any type is unacceptable.
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