One of the Seattle teenagers charged with the murder of an 88-year-old World War II veteran in August 2013 was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Feb. 5.
Kenan Adams-Kinard, 17, originally pleaded not guilty to the murder of Delbert Belton, who was known by locals as “Shorty.” Adams-Kinard changed that plea to guilty in January and said he has gone through a personal “metamorphosis” since his arrest.
“For too long I’ve had resentment towards authority, towards guidance and ultimately towards the man in the mirror. But no longer,” Adams-Kinard said in a statement he prepared for the sentencing in Spokane County Superior Court.
Adams-Kinard went on to quote the Bible and Greek mythology. He also asked for forgiveness from the Belton family.
"I apologize with the deepest sincerity I can muster, for what has become as a result of my actions," Adams-Kinard continued. "I am here today to accept full responsibility accountability and responsibility for my actions."
Belton was robbed and beaten outside of a Spokane fraternal lodge in August 2013. He died a day after the assault.
Belton’s family described the veteran as a patriot with a big heart.
Adams-Kinard and his alleged accomplice, Demetrius Glenn, had originally pleaded not guilty to the crime. They were both 16 years old at the time.
A judge sentenced Adams-Kinard to 20 years under the first degree murder plea. Adams-Kinard will serve his sentence in a juvenile facility until he is 21 and will be allowed to finish his education, the judge said.
Glenn is set to appear in court on March 2.