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WATERLOO, Iowa --- A Waterloo man was sentenced to prison Monday for killing a teen with a baseball bat following a running argument in August.

Paris Anding, 20, wept as he apologized to the mother of Marcellus Andrews and pleaded for forgiveness in the courtroom.

“I think about him every day ... Please forgive me, I’m sorry,” Anding said.

Andrews’ mother, Velma Andrews, sat quietly weeping and received an embrace from a friend.

Judge David Staudt sentenced Anding to 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay $150,000 in restitution to Andrews’ estate.

“You can say you’re sorry, but it’s not going to bring him back,” Staudt told Anding in handing down the sentence.

The 10-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter is mandatory under Iowa law. The judge didn’t have the option of suspending the sentence, but there is no mandatory minimum before he can be considered for parole.

Authorities said Anding struck Andrews in the head with a baseball bat after a series of confrontations between Anding’s family and Andrews’ friends culminated in a fight on Cottage Street in the early morning hours of August 19.

Anding said he was trying to protect his younger aunt during the fight and claimed Andrews was armed with a pole.

He was charged with second-degree murder, but jurors found him guilty of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter during an April trial.

Staudt said the jury found there was no justification for Anding’s use of the bat.

Black Hawk County Attorney Thomas Ferguson said Anding was fortunate to have been convicted of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder, which carries up to 50 years in prison.

He said Anding made a number of bad choices on the night of the slaying and ultimately chose violence over reason and peace.

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