Fugitive Sentenced For Manslaughter In The First Degree

January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM EDT

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January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - It was an emotional day in court Wednesday as a man was sentenced for the shooting death of another Buffalo man.

"I never thought I would be in this much pain. Joshua could make me smile when no one else could," mother of the victim Cynthia Korczykowski said.

The victim was Joshua Korczykowski, and his mother spoke out in court about how the death of her son impacted their entire family.

"My grandchildren lost the very man that loved them more than life itself," Korczykowski said.

Gregory Ward shot Korczykowski on April 8th, 2010 on Player Street in Buffalo. After the shooting, Ward fled the area but was found by U.S Marshalls in Atlanta Georgia. He was sentenced in Erie County Court, Wednesday.

"Based on your conviction for manslaughter in the first degree, your sentence will be a determinant sentence of 20 years, with five years post supervision," Erie County Judge Honorable Kenneth Case declared.

Ward not only shot Korczykowski, but a bullet also hit his four-year-old little girl, and his brother-in-law. Luckily, they both made a full physical recovery, but family said the little girl's emotional wounds are still fresh.

"Can you imagine how this little girl felt as she was watching her daddy bleed to death right in front of her," Korczykowski said.

Ward admitted to shooting the gun that killed Korczykowski, but he claims it was an accident. His lawyer said he was aiming for someone else.

"I'm very sorry for what happened. It wasn't supposed to happen like this," Gregory Ward said.

In the courtroom, the security was on high alert because it was such an emotional case. There was no conflict between families, but as Ward walked out of the courtroom, a member of his family also got emotional.

"I love you baby. I love you, I love you with all my heart," a member of Ward's family said.