Barely 18 at the time of the shooting, Brandon Sands was facing first degree murder charges that made him eligible for the death penalty. However, he plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter with a fire arm for killing Cedric Davis in 2002, which spared him from paying the ultimate price.
Brandon Sands is awaiting his fate for killing his friend in August of 2002, a bond broken by a single bullet to the chest. Before his sentence is handed down, Sands turns one last time to the victim's mother to ask for forgiveness
"I'm truly sorry for the death of your son and my heart goes out to you and your family," said Sands.
The defense is holding out hope that the judge will see the shooting as a tragedy all the way around, one that ended the life of Cedric Davis and will forever haunt 19-year-old Brandon Sands.
Defense attorney Ethan Way asks the court to punish him as a youthful offender, but judge Bateman denies that request. Choking back her outrage, the victim's mother, Vondora Davis, wanted 20 years, one year for every year of her son's life.
Before being handed over to the Department of Corrections, Sands said he still wants to make something of himself to show his friend's death wasn't in vain. In addition to 15 years in the Department of Corrections, Sands was also placed on five years probation and ordered to pay more than $1,000 in restitution fees.
Court reports say Davis and sands along with members of the southside boys gang in Tallahassee went to confront members of the northside boys gang when a fight erupted between Sands and a member of the rival gang. That's when police say Davis stepped in to defend his friend and was shot by sands aiming for someone else.