A Rochester gang member Monday received the maximum of 25 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Chancy Williams, 26, of Albion, last July 10.
Lavione Gainey, 23, who police say is a leader of a Rochester branch of the Crips, was sentenced by Orleans County Judge James P. Punch on his jury conviction of second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.
Punch leveled the maximum sentence despite defense attorney Paul Fuller's criticism of District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone's characterization of the slaying as "domestic terrorism."
"Calling the shooting domestic terrorism was inflammatory and denied him a fair verdict," Fuller argued.
Orleans Judge James P. Punch said there is no sentence strong enough for Gainey, who was accused of killing Williams over an issue of respect.
"The maximum sentence is clearly unfair in this case, for you have all, and Chancy Williams has nothing," Punch said loudly from the bench in the Albion courtroom.
The slaying was triggered by an argument over the use of a fuel pump at an Albion convenience store, prosecutors said.