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Teen Grins After Being Sentenced To Death For Murder

| by Michael Howard

An Ohio teenager walked out of court with a smile on his face after being sentenced to death for the murder of a Kent State University student.

Damantae Graham, 19, had previously been convicted of murdering Nicholas Massa, 18, during an armed robbery on Feb. 7.

According to police, Graham and three other teens broke into Massa's friend's apartment looking for money. Massa was shot and killed during the altercation.

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All three of Graham's co-defendants said that Graham was the one who pulled the trigger. One defendant testified that Graham shot Massa in the chest after Massa told him, "You aren’t going to shoot me," according to WOIO.

Since Graham's alleged accomplices were minors when the crime took place, they will not face the death penalty. Their trials are scheduled to begin in December, according to the Daily Mail.

Graham was found guilty of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping on Nov. 8. He was sentenced to death Nov. 15.

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Massa's family was overcome with emotion as the sentence was read.

"I cannot believe I will never see him again in my lifetime," his mother said, according to the Daily Mail. "I feel utterly lost, broken and I struggle every day with the fact that he is gone."

"Nick was my little brother and my best friend," said his sister, Kelly. "He was so much to me. That's why February 7 was the day that all the light was taken from me."

Nicholas' uncle, Scott Massa, addressed Graham directly.

"You have zero remorse," he said. "You're an evil person."

Graham reportedly had a grin on his face as he left the courtroom.

One of the jurors, a 22-year-old woman, said that throughout the trial it looked as if Graham "just did not care."

"It's not easy to sign a death penalty verdict," she explained. "As a 22-year-old, I never thought I would experience something like that."

Sources: Daily Mail, WOIO / Photo credit: Blogtropeneur/Flickr​, Daily Mail, Facebook, Portage County Jail via WOIO

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