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Double-killer Traylor sentenced to 20 years in second slaying

Adrian L. Traylor on Tuesday was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing a man who was expecting to get a new lease on life.

Larry Crosland, 61, was leaving the Monsignor Adamski Apartments on William Street on his way to dialysis when he was gunned down in August 2009.

"I know that day he had just found out his son was a match for him and was going to give him a kidney, and he was all excited as he headed to dialysis," said Jay T. McGurrin, site manager of Monsignor Adamski Village Apartments. "He walked out of here, and boom."

Traylor, 24, has called Crosland an innocent victim killed by the bullets he fired from a long distance and intended only as a warning to others.

Monday, Traylor was sentenced by a federal judge to 25 years in federal prison for his role in the August 2009 murder of Shawn Kozma.

At Tuesday's State Supreme Court sentencing, Justice M. William Boller said Traylor's state sentence for the Crosland killing will run concurrently with his federal term.

In 2010, Traylor pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for shooting Crosland.

McGurrin, in a Buffalo News interview, recalled how he heard from other tenants about how good Crosland was feeling that morning about the match -- only to have his life cut short senselessly.

Crosland's family left McGurrin, who plays drums in a band, Crosland's drum kit.

"I'm going to donate it to be the house kit at Double D's Queen City Grill in Tonawanda," McGurrin said. "That way [Larry] can come down and play with the other musicians."

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