YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Youngstown man was sentenced to prison for the second time in the shooting death of a man over a video game.
Kyle Patrick will spend life in prison and be eligible for parole after 34 years for the death of Michael Abighanem in April of 2012.
Police say Abighanem went to a house on the city’s west side to sell a video game system and a laptop. Police said Patrick and another man, Reginald Whitfield, shot Abighanem during what prosecutors called a robbery set up.
Abighanem’s fiancee and mother spoke before the judge revealed the sentence.
“Through all of this, the hardest part is watching my children, especially my daughter who’s 3 and inseparable from her father grow up without knowing exactly what has happened,” said Abighanem’s fiancee. “She literally, as a 3-year-old, has had to live with something that nobody should never have to live with but at her age, especially her. My son, he doesn’t even know what a great man his father was.”
Abighanem’s mother said Abighanem was “one of the kindest men” and was planning on getting married before he was killed.
“My family and I must now pick up the pieces,” she said.
Patrick’s mom also spoke, saying her son just made a bad decision due to hanging out with the wrong crowd.
“When this began, he was a sheltered 17-year-old boy. He was a wannabe gangster who thought that hanging around with these 20-year-old street thugs would make him cool, and he made a bad decision,” she said.
Patrick had pleaded guilty in the case in 2014 and was sentenced to 16 years in prison but filed a motion to have his guilty plea withdrawn.
Judge John Durkin denied that motion, but Patrick appealed and the plea was vacated.Editor’s note: This story has been corrected.