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Madison man sentenced to 20 years prison for drug-related murder

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Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison man who mentored troubled teens in a community program will spend 20 years in prison for a drug-related murder.

32-year-old Victor McKeavin escaped a possible life sentence by pleading guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree homicide.

He admitted shooting 31-year-old Derwin Hawkins to death in May of 2011.

Prosecutors said the two men were both drug dealers, and they had a disagreement after they got together on Madison’s west side.

McKeavin asked the victim’s family to forgive him, and he wants to keep helping kids who get in trouble.

Dane County Circuit Judge William Hanrahan said he hoped McKeavin would live up to his words someday, and not, “rot in prison.”

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