BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Buffalo man who murdered an off-duty Metro bus driver is going away for a long time. The gunman shot and killed Brian Chapman Jr. on his front porch last year. Joshua Mitchell will serve 25 years to life for killing the beloved NFTA bus driver.
Wednesday in court, Mitchell asked the judge to throw out the verdict, citing that his lawyer during the trial didn't effectively represent him. The judge told Mitchell it didn't matter who represented him, he had a track record of not getting along with his lawyers.
Before he was sentenced, the courtroom heard from Chapman's mother, who spoke directly to Mitchell. She said her son was a good man and now he is gone for no reason, and that Mitchell needs to pay. She said Mitchell is worried about his life, but he should have thought about that before killing her son. She encouraged him to think about the life he has led and where it has brought him.
Mitchell spoke to the judge before learning his sentence. Mitchell said, "I don't know that dude, whatever his name is, Chapman. I am sorry for his family or whatever the case may be, but I have a family too and at the end of the day I am strong about my issues and I know that i am innocent."
Family friend of Chapman Mary Chambers said, "We do got justice because our family has been putting up with this for a whole year. He thought that he could get away with it, thought that he could keep denying and deceiving our family and hurting our family. Now we're smiling, you'll see no tears on our face today from our side to our nephew our family is happy now."
Mitchell's attorney says he plans on appealing. Meanwhile, Chapman's family members released a balloon outside the courthouse in memory of him.
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