Man Sentenced for Shooting Death of Refugee

October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 1:11 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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Man Sentenced for Shooting Death of Refugee

October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 1:11 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A Buffalo man will now head to prison for the shooting death of an 82-year-old refugee. 28-year-old Bangaly Chelley was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for shooting and killing 82-year-old Ansumane Kanneh back in May of 2011. Kanneh was struck by a stray bullet outside his home on Maryland and Efner Streets while fixing his granddaughter's bicycle. For months the case went unsolved, but key witnesses pointed detectives to Chelley. Last month, a State Supreme Court Jury found Chelley guilty of second degree murder.

Kanneh had escaped the war-torn African country of Liberia and sought peace in the United States as a refugee. His children still can not believe the 82-year-old lost his life to the violence he tried to escape for years. The father of 9 relocated his family to Buffalo in 2004.

"My Father and my mother struggled with war, but they kept surviving and he never died from that war," said Kanneh's Son Mohamed. "I am still surprised he died from a gun in this country."

Chelley remained silent at Tuesday's sentencing. His attorney questions the creditability of the witnesses and plans on appealing the sentence.

"These were thugs, liars and deadbeats that came to testify to save their own hides," said Defense Attorney Barry Dolgoff.

Kanneh's son says the pain of his father's death was too painful for the rest of his family and many have re-located to Rhode Island.