Ladiner sentenced to 20 years in murder case

Monday, September 22, 2008 | 5:45 p.m. CDT; updated 9:30 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 23, 2008

COLUMBIA —The star witness for the prosecution in the Kristopher Prince murder trial was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for the slaying of 17-year-old Tedarrian Robinson.

As part of a plea agreement, Lorenzo Ladiner testified that on April 18, 2007, Prince shot at a car driven by Larry McBride in which Robinson was a passenger; Robinson was killed. Ladiner said that he was driving the car at the intersection of Bearfield Road and Grindstone Parkway, and he never thought Prince would fire the rifle at McBride's car.

In the trial on Thursday, Ladiner testified he and McBride were constantly arguing. Ladiner shot at McBride's house and car two days prior to Robinson's death. The prosecution said that Prince was the one who encouraged the fighting between Ladiner and McBride. Prince's attorney argued that it was Ladiner who had the motivation to shoot at McBride.

On Friday, the jury found Prince guilty and recommended that he serve 50 years in prison for second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

In exchange for his testimony, Ladiner received a reduced sentence on the murder charge. He also pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon for firing at McBride's home. He will serve a reduced sentence for that charge as well. Ladiner will concurrently serve 20 years for the murder charge and 15 years for the shooting.


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