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Accused killer of Albany 10-year-old apologizes in letter

The teenager charged with the murder of 10-year old Kathina Thomas allegedly apologized to the girl'
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The teenager charged with the murder of 10-year old Kathina Thomas allegedly apologized to the girl’s mother in a letter filed this morning in Albany County Court.

Jermayne Timmons, 15, of 131 Clinton Ave., entered not guilty pleas to two counts of second-degree murder and single counts of manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon at arraignment this morning. During that arraignment, however, David Rossi, an Albany County assistant district attorney, told Judge Steven Herrick that Timmons had written a letter apologizing to Kathina’s mother, Shondell McAllister.

Accused killer’s apology

To view a copy of the handwritten letter Jermayne Timmons allegedly wrote to the mother of the 10-year-old girl he’s accused of shooting to death, click here.

“I am so sorry that the gun I shot is the gun that could have takeing your baby girl away from you,” the letter said. “I dind’t have any tention to hert your child. I cant say I know how you feel but I can say I’m very sorry. That bullet was not supose to hit her. All I want to say is that I am sorry. Please accept.”

Timmons’ mother, Mosetta, shook and quietly cried as her son stood before Herrick in shackles and handcuffs. Timmons said little, telling the judge only that he was 15 and lived on Clinton Avenue.

On the other side of the courtroom, McAllister sat and watched as the Albany High School student accused of killing her daughter was arraigned. She said as she left the courtroom that she did not want to speak to reporters.

Police say Timmons fired a .45 caliber handgun May 29 after he said he and a group of friends were confronted by another group and he thought he saw someone pull a gun. The bullet Timmons allegedly fired struck Kathina Thomas in the back as she played in front of her home on First Street, killing the girl.

In a statement to police, Timmons said he used a community gun that was hidden under a shed at the Ida Yarborough Apartments for anyone in the neighborhood to use.

Timmons was ordered held without bail at the Albany County Juvenile Detention Facility.

If convicted of the murder charge, Timmons could be sentenced to as much as 15 years to life in prison.

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