High court reduces man’s sentence in death of teen

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court has agreed with a man who claimed he did not mean to cause a teen’s death during a fight in 2009.

Todd Heatley was sentenced to the maximum 25 years to life for the murder of Clarence teenager Jacob Herbert during a fight outside a home in the University District.

Heatley maintained he needed to defend himself with a knife against the former high school wrestling star. At his sentencing, Heatley said, “I would like to say I never intended to cause the death of Jacob.”

The Appellate Division found Heatley only intended to cause physical injury and reduced Heatley’s conviction from murder to manslaughter. He could face between five and 25 years in prison when he’s re-sentenced.

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