reputed member of the Crips street gang apologized for his role in the shooting death of an innocent man on a city street in 2008 as he was sentenced to 8 years in prison on a gun charge. "I take full responsibility for my actions as a 26-year-old adult," Matthew Blanding said Friday in Schenectady County Court. "I want to give a big public apology to the family the crime was committed against, specifically Foday Kpoto." The defendant also apologized to God and society, and thanked his attorney and the prosecution for the negotiated plea. He had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Additionally, Blanding was sentenced to 6 years behind bars for an unrelated drug offense, a charge that will run concurrently with the gun charges.
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