Hempstead man receives maximum sentence for crime he says he didn?t commit

A Hempstead man received 25 years to life Friday for fatally shooting 15-year-old Diana Correa last June.

Eduardo Correa says watching the maximum sentence be handed down to the murderer of his only daughter did little to comfort him. Kenneth Middleton was convicted of killing Correa while she was visiting friends in Freeport.

Middleton professed his innocence in court, saying he would fight to the end to prove he was not the shooter. Police say Middleton was out for revenge the night of the shooting and mistook one of the teens for someone that assaulted him 5 years earlier.

Middleton received an additional 7 years for the assault of 16-year-old Michael Gilliard, who was also wounded in the shooting. Middleton was also ordered to pay more than $21,000 in fees. His attorney says they are appealing the conviction.

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