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Mar 12, 2014 11:11 PM

Jury Finds Man Guilty Of 2010 Shooting Death

Jurors have recommended a 35-year sentence after convicting Terrence Sims of the 2010 murder of Stephen Kavanaugh in Lexington.

"We're satisfied. It won't bring him back, but we finally found out who did it and he's going to get at least 20 years and we're happy with that," said Tiffiney Baker, Kavanaugh's sister.

Investigators say back in June of 2010, Sims shot and killed 33-year old Kavanaugh on Elsmere Alley in Lexington.

Officers heard shots fired the night of the shooting and at one point even spotted the shooter running from the scene, but they were never able to find him.

Three years later, DNA lead police to Sims who was living in Flint, Michigan.

During the sentencing phase of the trial, Kavanaugh's mother took the stand describing the loss her family suffered. She told of the two children her son left behind, a daughter now 11 and a son who was just 25 days old when his father was murdered.

"It's good to finally be done, to finally be able to put this behind us," said Baker.

The jury recommended Sims spend 35 years in prison. He will be sentenced May 1.

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