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The judge scolds a New York man for killing a woman in his driveway and gives him a 25-year-to-life sentence

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A judge scolded a 66-year-old man on Friday and sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison for shooting and killing a woman in rural New York last year. The woman was in a car that mistakenly entered his driveway.

The judge, Adam Michelini, told Kevin Monahan that he might do the same thing again and that Monahan didn’t take responsibility for his actions. The judge also gave him additional sentences for reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.

Monahan was found guilty of murdering 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis, who was in a car that accidentally turned into his driveway. Prosecutors said Monahan acted recklessly, while the defense argued it was a terrible accident.

In a separate incident in Kansas City, protestors marched to highlight the shooting of Ralph Yarl, 16, who went to the wrong house. The judge criticized Monahan for taking Gillis’ life and pointed out the loss of a friend, girlfriend, daughter, granddaughter, and sibling.

The judge expressed that Monahan’s remorse seemed focused on facing consequences, not the harm he caused. The prosecutor sought the maximum penalty, while the defense asked for leniency, citing Monahan’s remorse and lack of a criminal record.

After the sentencing, the district attorney praised the composure of the young witnesses and called Monahan an angry, selfish person who poses a grave risk to society. Monahan testified that he felt threatened but didn’t address the court before sentencing.

During the trial, Monahan claimed he wanted to protect his wife, feeling under siege when vehicles entered his driveway. He fired a warning shot, but when the vehicles started to leave, he lost his balance and accidentally fired the fatal shot. However, he couldn’t identify the nails causing him to lose balance in a photograph during cross-examination. Monahan was emotional when discussing Gillis’ death, stating his “soul is dead.”

A judge scolded a 66-year-old man on Friday and sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison for shooting and killing a woman in rural New York last year. The woman was in a car that mistakenly entered his driveway.

The judge, Adam Michelini, told Kevin Monahan that he might do the same thing again and that Monahan didn’t take responsibility for his actions. The judge also gave him additional sentences for reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.

Monahan was found guilty of murdering 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis, who was in a car that accidentally turned into his driveway. Prosecutors said Monahan acted recklessly, while the defense argued it was a terrible accident.

In a separate incident in Kansas City, protestors marched to highlight the shooting of Ralph Yarl, 16, who went to the wrong house. The judge criticized Monahan for taking Gillis’ life and pointed out the loss of a friend, girlfriend, daughter, granddaughter, and sibling.

The judge expressed that Monahan’s remorse seemed focused on facing consequences, not the harm he caused. The prosecutor sought the maximum penalty, while the defense asked for leniency, citing Monahan’s remorse and lack of a criminal record.

After the sentencing, the district attorney praised the composure of the young witnesses and called Monahan an angry, selfish person who poses a grave risk to society. Monahan testified that he felt threatened but didn’t address the court before sentencing.

During the trial, Monahan claimed he wanted to protect his wife, feeling under siege when vehicles entered his driveway. He fired a warning shot, but when the vehicles started to leave, he lost his balance and accidentally fired the fatal shot. However, he couldn’t identify the nails causing him to lose balance in a photograph during cross-examination. Monahan was emotional when discussing Gillis’ death, stating his “soul is dead.”

A sad incident happened in New York when Gillis got shot just days after a similar incident in Kansas City. In the New York case, Gillis’ group left the scene after the shooting and called 911 later. They were found miles away, and despite attempts to revive her, Gillis didn’t make it.

The person responsible at the time was uncooperative with the police. Gillis’ family remembered her as a kind and beautiful soul, a ray of light to those who knew her. She was a big sister, a beloved daughter, and a devoted friend with plans to study marine biology in Florida.

Gillis, an honor student and talented artist, had recently graduated from Schuylerville High School in 2021, where she was a cheerleading team flyer.

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