By COURTNEY ASTOLFI
“I just want to apologize to my grandma and grandpa. I apologize, I can’t take it back,” said Tre’vonte Adcock, as he made his final statements Thursday morning in court.
His sentencing marks the end of his trial, but for his family, the ordeal is far from over.
Family members filled the courtroom benches at the hearing, standing to show support when defense attorney Jeff Whitacre asked for leniency.
“We love you Tre’vonte,” his family members said as he was escorted from the courtroom.
Adcock stabbed his uncle, Jared Rhodes, 24, on Dec. 15 in what began as a play fight, but quickly escalated into a brawl. He stabbed him twice in the abdomen and once in the upper thigh with a 4-inch butterfly knife, a police report said.
It was Adcock who called 911 for help that night. He admitted drinking alcohol the night of the incident, and reiterated at Thursday’s hearing that he did not remember much of what happened.
He accepted a plea deal last month, knocking down his charge to voluntary manslaughter. He will serve five years in prison, with the possibility of early release.