Western NY man gets maximum sentence for 2014 slaying

LITTLE VALLEY, N.Y. (AP-Mod.) — A western New York man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for fatally shooting another man two years ago at a scenic overlook.

County officials said Tuesday Gary Maull of Olean was given the maximum sentence Monday in Cattaraugus County Court for killing Otis Lamont Parks in August 2014.

Maull, who turned 30 Tuesday, was convicted Jan. 22 of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

The jury found Maull shot the 54-year-old Parks in the head with a handgun in early August 2014 at a scenic overlook off Route 16 in the town of Allegany, on the Pennsylvania border 55 miles south of Buffalo.

Prosecutors said Maull shot Parks over a drug debt and to silence him as a witness in another court case.

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