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Man sentenced for murdering teen in 2005
Rochester, N.Y. - A Rochester man convicted of murdering a teenager in October 2005 was sentenced to the maximum on Thursday.
Tajh Anderson, 22, was sentenced to 15 years to life for shooting and killing 15-year-old Stacy Long behind the Campbell Street Recreation Center.
"He ambushed a young kid coming through the Campbell Street Center I mean what does that tell you about his character? said Longs mother Patricia Long. "Nothing can justify the murder of a child. I've been living in my own hell for eight years, I haven't had a good night sleep I haven't had a good anything.
Anderson wasnt arrested until last year after writing details about the murder in letters to loved ones from prison. Authorities said those letters contained details about the crime that only Longs killer could know.
Long was described as a standout athlete and student who was on his way to catch the bus home after an afternoon at the rec center. He was cutting through a dark field when Anderson jumped out from behind a tree and shot him at least four times according to Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Kyle Steinebach.
To shoot a 15-year-old in the dark when he has no clue what's going to happen is the definition of a cowardly act and that's what Tajh Anderson was convicted of, said A.D.A. Steinebach.
"At the trial we did have photographs of Stacy Long who was 15-years-old laying in the field deceased with a book bag on his back, Steinebach continued. It is a picture of a child who would be walking to school but this child was dead and that's tough to get out of your head.
Anderson had to be sentenced as a juvenile offender since this crime happened when he was 14-years-old. Since then Anderson was convicted of 1st Degree Robbery and 1st Degree Rape and is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence.
His murder sentence will not begin until he completes that current sentence.
A.D.A. Steinebach said in court that Anderson also had a felony Burglary conviction adjudicated because he was a minor.
Hes murdered someone, burglarized someone, raped someone and robbed someone, A.D.A. Steinebach stated in court while asking Monroe County Court Judge Victoria Argento for the maximum sentence.
"I wish my son was here with me right now, Patricia Long said. I've been living in hell for eight years, I haven't even had a good night's sleep I keep dreaming the same thing over and over.