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"You, [Bill Turnbull-David McClary], you are the one who pulled the trigger of that gun, not once or twice, but five times - a cold-blooded assassination," said State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Demakos, glaring over his glasses at McClary.
The other three men convicted of Byrne's murder, Philip Copeland, Todd Scott and Scott Cobb, already have been sentenced to the maximum term. Both Scott and Cobb, in videotaped confessions, named McClary as the one who shot Byrne at point-blank range.
Charles Lavine, McClary's court-appointed attorney, argued that the judge should go easier on his client than the others, because McClary had no criminal record. The pre-sentencing report, Lavine said, noted that McClary's interests were "babysitting and basketball."