SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The attorney for a Syracuse man accused of murder attempted to withdraw his client's guilty plea during sentencing on Wednesday.
Demetrius Hackett has been accused of shooting and killing Chance Gathers in March 2012.
On Wednesday, Hackett's attorney wanted the guilty plea to be dismissed because they claimed Hackett had received death threats and was unable to knowingly and voluntarily enter his plea.
Hackett previously plead guilty to first degree manslaughter in exchange for a plea deal. He was originally charged with second degree murder.
The victim in the shooting was a potential suspect in the death of Hackett's brother. The motion to dismiss the plea deal was rejected by Judge Anthony Aloi.
"Under no circumstances are you in any way justified in take the law in your own hands and killing another human being and now as a result of that you are now going to be sentenced to state prison," said Judge Aloi.
As part of the plea deal, Hackett was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 2 and a half years of post release supervision.