Teens Sentenced for Beating Death of Niagara Falls Man

June 15, 2011 Updated Jun 15, 2011 at 5:26 PM EDT

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June 15, 2011 Updated Jun 15, 2011 at 5:26 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- The courtroom was packet with family and friends of both the suspects and the victim as the sentences of three teens were read.

"The court sentences you to 25 years," Niagara County Judge Sara Sperrazza said.

That is how long Gary Llamas, 19, will remain behind bars. James Hardeman, 17, was sentenced to 20 years in prison while the third co-defendant in the case, Amber McNally, received eight years in jail. They were convicted of robbing and beating to death of John Smith, 46, last November. The murder happened between 22nd and 23rd Streets in Niagara Falls.

"I'm extremely apologetic," Llamas said.

"I most sincerely apologize for my role in this crime," Hardeman added.

"I apologize for what I have done," McNally said.

Before they were sentenced, each defendant was able to address the court. They individually apologized to the victim's family but family members say they don't buy it. The victim's sister Lori Adger said she is upset with the length of the sentence.

"Not enough at all. You're allowing them to get out and attack the community again. They did it once they will do it again," Adger said.

Originally all three defendants were charged with murder but in a plea deal Llamas and Hardeman pled guilty to manslaughter and robbery. McNally plead to a felony robbery charge. Llamas received the longest sentence because of his extensive criminal history.