Teen gets 4 years in slaying

Deal: 19-year-old avoids second-degree murder charge with plea agreement
A 19-year-old who was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Friday paid a “pretty inexpensive price” for taking another 19-year-old’s life, a Shawnee County district judge told the convicted teen.

Acie Antonio Evans, 19, of Topeka, received a prison sentence of four years and one month in the slaying of Vijay Guy Osazuwa Osayande, 19, of Topeka.

Evans originally was charged with intentional second-degree murder in Osayande’s death, which occurred on the night of Oct. 14 or early Oct. 15. The second-degree murder charge was amended to voluntary manslaughter during a preliminary hearing after prosecutors consulted with witnesses in the case. On Aug. 28, as part of a plea agreement, Evans pleaded no contest to the reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Defense attorney Kris Lawless asked District Judge Franklin Theis to sentence Evans to the four year and one month term and to make that sentence concurrent to a federal prison sentence Evans received earlier this year for possession of crack cocaine. The federal sentence was for three years and 10 months in prison.

Before being sentenced, Evans apologized to the victim’s mother, Maria Bustos. “I’d like to tell Vijay’s mother that I’m sorry for her loss.” Bustos looked at Evans as she answered him.

“You don’t know the pain I feel,” said Bustos, emphasizing she can never again talk to her son. “I’ll never be healed for what I feel for my child.”

Theis said he would honor the four year and one month agreement in the plea arrangement between the district attorney’s office and Evans’ defense attorney and made the state sentence concurrent to the federal sentence.

“This is a pretty inexpensive price for someone’s life,” Theis told Evans. Theis said he hoped Evans would be a better person when he is released from prison after serving his sentence.

Theis ordered Evans to pay restitution to Bustos of $7,215 for Osayande’s funeral, $775 for a cemetery plot and $210 to a hospital.

Early on Oct. 15, Topeka police were called to 3010 S.E. Iowa, where they found Osayande lying in the front yard. He was taken to a Topeka hospital and later declared dead. Evans told police he had to shoot Osayande because Osayande had a gun.

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By Steve Fry

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