Cheektowaga man sentenced in teen's death

21 Year Old Given 24 Years For Fatal Beating

BUFFALO, NY-- A Cheektowaga man will spend 24 years in prison for beating a teenager to death.

Cody Jeffords, 21,  received the sentence Wednesday from Erie County Judge Sheila DiTullio,  after pleading guilty to manslaughter last year in the death of 19-year-old Justin Vanderwalker.

Jeffords attacked Vanderwalker when he found the victim at his ex-girlfriend's apartment last May.

Jeffords apologized to Vanderwalker's family before he was sentenced.  "I'm extremely sorry, and I can only hope that God heals their pain and that I can be forgiven, and that one day I can forgive myself, " said Jeffords in court.

Jeffords was initially charged with murder, but was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter with the agreement of Vanderwalker's family.


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