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Murder Victim's Family Says Sentence is Not Justice

A Lackawanna County man pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced Friday but the victim's family was not satisfied.
A Lackawanna County man will spend at least 17 and a-half years in prison for murder.

Adam Wickizer of Moosic pleaded guilty Friday afternoon and was immediately sentenced.

Wickizer pleaded guilty to third degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

For family and friends of the man killed, they say justice was not served.

"I don't believe there was any justice. I'm sick to my stomach, sick to my stomach," Nicole Linker said.

Linker was just one of several family and friends of murder victim Chris Hughes who was upset after Friday's sentencing.

"It's never going to be the same. It tore our whole family apart," the victim's sister Nicole Hughes said.

After pleading guilty, Wickizer was sentenced to between 17 and a-half and 40 years in prison and five years probation.

Wickizer admitted using a rifle to shoot Hughes at the Moosic Trailer Park last March.

The plea spares Wickizer life in prison.

"Whenever there's a loss of life like this, there's no good solution but as the judge said, this gives some finality and some closure," Deputy District Attorney Jen McCambridge said.

"With this sentence, it gives him a future," defense attorney Jody Kalinowski said. "He's a young man. He will have a life ahead of him after he serves his time and get back to his family."

Police said the victim and his girlfriend had arrived at Wickizer's home to pick up a young child and Wickizer answered the door armed.

"Someone who could take a life like that is not a human being," Linker said.

For the victim's family, there is still a lot of grief.

"You mention Chris and they say 'Oh, Chris Hughes?' We love him. It's never going to be the same, never, never," Nicole Hughes said.

The sentence imposed Friday by Judge Trish Corbett was the agreed upon sentence by prosecutors and the defense attorney.

In court, Wickizer apologized for what happened, calling it a mistake and misunderstanding. He said if he could take it all back he would.
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