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117 years for killing of relative

Matthew LeBlancMay 21, 2019

Facing more than a century behind bars, Joshua Mackin didn’t back down.

The 35-year-old insisted he didn’t fire the shots that killed his stepbrother last year. Mackin, defiant, said he was a victim of circumstance.

“Justice has not been served. Just the opposite, in fact,” he said in court Monday. “The only thing I’m guilty of is being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Samuel Westlake, 37, was shot dead as he sat Feb. 19, 2018, in his Jeep outside the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel on Coliseum Boulevard West. The men had fought over a woman, investigators said, and jurors in April convicted Mackin of murder, being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, using a gun to commit the crime and being a habitual offender.

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