VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Andarion McInnis, 20, was sentenced Wednesday to 28 years in prison involvement in the death of a Chesapeake teen – a decision the victim’s ex-girlfriend, Hannah Johanson, says shocked everyone.
“They gave him a second chance for what? So he can go out on the street and kill someone again,” Johanson said.
Bryant Austin Cueto was shot outside of the Applebee’s parking lot on General Booth Boulevard on May 1, 2016. According to search warrants, he was shot over $350 worth of Xanax.
The jury wanted to sentence McInnis to 48 years.
The judge said the sentencing shocked the court and reduced his time to 28 years behind bars. Johanson was also shocked by the sentencing, but for an entirely different reason.
“He wanted a second chance and the judge gave it to him, but if you look at it the way that I am looking at it, Bryant Austin Cueto does not get a second chance,” Johanson said.
McInnis received 15 years for robbery, five years for conspiracy, three years for use of a firearm during a murder and three years for use of a firearm during a robbery.
“A gun or not – regardless the evidence proves that he told Jaquan Wilson to shoot Bryant,” Johanson said.
McInnis took the stand, telling the room he is a leader but was a follower for a short time. He called the situation a lesson.
The McInnis family watched as their son was sentenced. His mother Janice said his involvement doesn’t fit the time he was given.
“All I can say is I am sorry for what happened to your son, but I have a son also and I want him to come home because what they said he did I know he did not do,” she said.
In court, McInnis’ parents stood up asking the judge for mercy, saying their son had completed his GED and has made the best of his situation since being in jail. Despite the judge reducing his sentence by 20 years, they say no mercy was shown.
“No, there was no mercy. I still stand behind that my son is innocent. I am still here to support him whatever decision he makes or whatever legal action can be taken ,” said his father Antonio.
Jacquan Wilson’s case is set for trial on January 31, 2018.