35-year-old John Turner shot and killed 26-year-old Tad Howard and left his body beside a road in Amherst last summer.
Prosecutors say he did it over a drug debt.
Howard’s family says they were hoping for an even longer sentence.
":I was asked once before what an appropriate sentence would be, and I said ‘as long as I’m not alive when he gets out of prison, that would be appropriate’ and it looks like that probably will be the case.": So said Tad Howard’s father, Dale Howard, following the scentencing Tuesday.
Meanwhile Turner’s lawyers say their client intends to appeal his conviction.