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Killer Gets 7 Years in Prison, Victim's Mother Says It's Not Enough

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- Maxine Reed reflects on the last time she saw her son alive.
 
"We had our last dance.  He said, 'I love you.' and we just had our talk that night and he left me that Tuesday morning.  He said, 'I love you.' and gave me a hug."
 
Maxine Reed thought she would have another chance to dance with her son. 

DeMarco was her oldest child, her only son. 

Last October, DeMarco told his mother that he would see her later and later that day, Maxine got a phone call that DeMarco was shot.
 
"I could just hear the life squads coming and I said, 'Where's Neron?'  Neron went and got him shot and just left him laying there."
 
Neron Coston Senior was DeMarco's friend.  The two had gone to N&I Convenience Store together on Lincoln Avenue in Walnut Hills.  In the store parking lot, Coston got into an argument with Derrick Hampton after Hampton bumped into Coston.  The argument got physical.  An exchange of gunshots between the two men followed and DeMarco was caught in the crossfire and shot in the back.
 
"He didn't have nothing to do with that.  Nothing at all.  Nothing.  Really, both of them had time enough to walk away.  They could've thought about it."
 
Tuesday, a judge sentenced Hampton to seven years for killing DeMarco. 

It was a plea deal and Maxine says Hampton's sentence is not enough time for killing DeMarco.
 
"Seven years, that was a heart breaker because he took a plea.  So seven years that wasn't enough time for me and pretty much, I can say it now, pretty much he got away with murder."
 
An assistant prosecutor told Maxine the plea deal was the better option because had they gone to trial, there was a chance that Hampton could have received even less time in prison or been acquitted. 

Maxine says she would have preferred a trial over the plea.

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