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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The second suspect has been convicted and sentenced for his part in the shooting death of a man as he was trying to sell a video game system.

23-year old Reginald Whitfield pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and robbery in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.  Judge John Durkin sentenced Whitfield to 13 years in prison for his part in the shooting death of Michael Abighanem. 

Relatives of the victim say Abighanem was shot when he went to a home with a video game system and laptop he was hoping to sell.  Abighanem needed cash to buy a gift for his young son.

Before the judge handed down the sentence, the victim's mother, Joann Mitzel told the court that no sentence the judge could impose would be long enough. "His two children have to grow up without a father now. He was a wonderful person and a  wonderful father. Now because of this situation we don't have him anymore in our life.",said Mitzel.

On Monday the man who pulled the trigger, 19-year old Kyle Patrick, pleaded guilty to murder. He could face 16 years to life when he is sentenced.

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