'Kids killing kids': Family of Utica homicide victim shares powerful words with 17-year-old's killer

Jorge Campos admitted to killing the 17-year-old on Elizabeth Street last summer.

Posted: May 24, 2019 1:05 PM
Updated: May 24, 2019 5:15 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Jorge Campos was sentenced to decades in prison for shooting and killing 17-year-old Stefan Medina.

Friday in Oneida County Court, the defense attorney for Jorge Campos, and the family of Stefan Medina, had powerful words for all young adults when it comes to gun violence.

Campos admitted to killing the 17-year-old on Elizabeth Street last summer, and was sentenced to 23 years in prison with five years’ post-release supervision.

The prosecution says it started with what was supposed to be a fist fight between Medina's friend and Campos.

Medina was there to help his friend – instead of fighting with fists – there was a gun. He was shot and killed.

It was an emotional courtroom packed with friends and family of both men.

“Youngsters killing youngsters. Kids killing kids. My son was a beautiful kid. He was the best kid ever. He had a beautiful heart. He doesn't have any harm in his heart for anybody,” said Luis Medina, Stefan’s father.

“My client is paying a very severe penalty. It’s never going to satisfy a victim's family. Never. And that is understandable, but there are two families that are hurting here,” said John Raspante, the defense attorney.

When asked if he felt remorse, Campos did eventually say he was sorry for what happened the day Medina died.

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