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Troy man sentenced in attempted murder case

TROY, N.Y. – A Troy man found guilty in a 2009 attempted murder case was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday.

Ariel Myers was found guilty in March of one count of Assault and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the September 2009 shooting of Robert Guynup.

Prosecutors say Myers was in a mob of more than 50 kids at Griswold Heights with a loaded .25 caliber handgun. A single shot rang out when Guynup came outside his home from across the street to take a picture of the crowd for police.

Guynup was left in a coma and is permanently disabled. Prosecutor Shane Hug says it was too painful for the victim's family to show up in court this morning. 

Myers claimed his innocence in the courtroom. He told the judge he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and his mother is standing by him along with 600 people who signed a petition saying he's innocent.

“I apologize to the Guynup family for going through this, but I'm not the kid that committed this crime,” he said. 
Emotions ran high in the courtroom as Myers' mother, LuAnn Johnson, and friends looked on. She said she was shocked to hear the sentence imposed on her son.

“I'm going to stand beside him and fight for him until he comes home,” she said.

LuAnn says they had over 600 people sign a petition saying Myers didn't commit the crime. She says there is no evidence to show her son committed the crime and wants the right person to come forward.

“I wish that they would come forth because there are also a lot of people that were out there. Out of 50, 60 kids how they can blame one kid?”

Myers faces 25 years in state prison, with five years post release supervision for the assault charge, and owes $9,000 in restitution fees.

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