UPDATE: Both Sides Speak Out After McCowan Sentenced

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- The Okemos teen who murdered his sister's boyfriend has been sentenced to 20 - 60 years in prison.

Conner McCowan was found guilty of second degree murder in October, but he wasn't sentenced until now. Dressed in chains and jail attire, McCowan made one last plea before Judge Canady made his final ruling.

"I never wanted to hurt Andrew that night or anyone else for that matter. Please don't lock me up and throw away the key. For my sake, for my families sake please give me a second chance at life; a second chance I know Andrew would have wanted me to have," said McCowan.

But Judge Canady wasn't moved.

"There was no self defense because you came there ready at a minimum to do great bodily harm with a knife," said Judge Canady.

Crying, but still keeping his composure, McCowan left the Singler family with one last apology.

"Andrew was such a positive influence in my life, and every day I wish I could trade places with him," said McCowan.

But the Singler family has yet to forgive McCowan. They made that clear when they were given the chance to address McCowan during the sentencing.

"You've stolen my brother, You've stolen and killed my baby brother from me. Because of your decision I have to live with survivors guilt. My children are afraid to say his name because it makes mommy cry," said Ayrn Singler, the victim's sister.

"You ruined lives. You took someone's life that had everything going for him. It was a cowardly act and is disgusts me every day," said Ryan Johnson, one of the victim's brothers.

And Conner isn't the only one who's been getting the blame. Shay McCowan was the one who sent a ext message that started the fight, claiming Singler had broken her back. The text that was a lie, but she's now telling us how guilty she feels about it.'

"I will always love Andrew. The relationship we had was incredible, but my brother is my best friend too. He (Singler) knows if there is anything I could have done differently that night to change all this I would go back and do it. He knows how much I love him," said Shay.

Shay say's she's be torn from the beginning trying to support the family of her murdered boyfriend, as well has her brother who killed him.

"It's hard to support without taking sides. I might be sitting behind Conner, but what I stand for are the memories and great relationship the three of us had," said Shay.

Throughout the trial the McCowan family has stuck together. After Conner was sentenced to as many as 60 years, his family say's they're not giving up.

"He's innocent and to have to bear all that he has been going through with that I can't imagine I'm extremely proud. We are going to appeal it and keep fighting until we get justice," said Judy McCowan, Conner's mother.

Until the appeal is filed, Conner McCowan will be going to a correctional facility in Jackson until he's officially placed in a state prison.

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