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Second Man Convicted in Murder of Harlem Teen Basketball Star Gets 25 to Life

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After being found guilty of second-degree murder earlier this month, 23-year-old Robert Cartagena will spend 25 years to life in prison for his role in the killing of 18-year-old Tayshana Murphy.

Cartagena was sentenced Wednesday in connection with the 2011 murder of the teen basketball star in Harlem.

Prosecutors said Cartagena and Tyshawn Brockington followed Murphy into a building at the Grant Houses in September 2011 and shot her three times.

Brockington was also given 25-year-to-life sentence in 2013.

Family and friends said they're satisfied with the ruling, but it still doesn't ease the pain of losing a child.

"You know, it went the way it was supposed to go," said Taylonn Murphy, Tayshana's father. "It went the way it was supposed to go, and Mr. Cartagena, he earned the sentence that was given to him."

"Mr. Cartagena's still breathing, unlike Tayshana Murphy," said Tephanie Holston, Tayshana's mother.

Murphy, who was nicknamed "Chicken," was a top-ranked basketball player with dreams of playing pro ball.

Prosecutors said she was an innocent victim.

They said the shooting grew from a feud between rivals from separate housing projects.

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