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Schenectady teen's killer gets 30 1/2 years to life

Judge has harsh words at sentencing

James Wells, center, his attorney, Cheryl Coleman, left, and Katy Conklin listen during Wells' sentencing in Schenectady County Court on Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
James Wells, center, his attorney, Cheryl Coleman, left, and Katy Conklin listen during Wells' sentencing in Schenectady County Court on Thursday.
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Eddie Stanley’s killer was sentenced Thursday afternoon to a total of 30 1⁄2 years to life in prison, with the judge adding some harsh words. Judge Michael V. Coccoma imposed the sentence on James Wells after listing Wells’ many wrongs, including coming to Schenectady to spread the “cancer of drugs and guns.” Coccoma said he took into account that Wells ran a drug operation and was a gang member. Then, he got to the heart ...

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