BUFFALO, NY - A Buffalo man convicted in the murder of a North Buffalo father will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the crime.
Our cameras were allowed in court today as Brandon Harper was sentenced to 25 years to life for fatally shooting Joseph Hale last summer.
Hale was shot and killed after he approached Harper and another man in Allentown to allegedly buy marijuana. The two lured the 35-year-old a mile away to a neighborhood where they planned to rob him. They ended up shooting Hale, who is the father of a five year old, in the back. His family says they were pleased with the sentence overall, but had some concerns.
"We were hoping for life without parole, but we are happy with what we have been dealt it's not going to bring him back, that's for sure," said the victim's wife, Dana Hale.
Harper had testified that it was his alleged accomplice, Kevin Milon who pulled the trigger. But Milon said it was the other way around. He was sentenced today to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter.