A 15-year-old boy convicted of killing Indianapolis Colts defensive end Shane Curry was sentenced Friday to at least 18 years in prison.
Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel sentenced Artise Anderson to the maximum terms of 15 years to life for the murder conviction and three years for use of a gun during commission of a felony. Because of his age, Anderson was not eligible for the death penalty.
Hamilton County prosecutors said Anderson showed no remorse for having shot Curry dead at the wheel of his pickup truck in the parking lot of a Cincinnati nightclub May 3.
The judge said he regretted that he could not have imposed a stiffer sentence under Ohio law.
"The victim, Shane Curry, was an outstanding young man," Nadel said. "He is dead, and his family is devastated. The facts here show a deliberate, malicious and cruel execution of another human being."
Curry's parents, Sandra and Jim Curry, asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence to send a message against such violence.
Anderson, who moved from Capitol Heights, Md., to live with grandparents in the Cincinnati area about a month before the shooting, made no statement at his sentencing.
Curry, 24, was shot once in the head. Anderson admitted the shooting but said he was scared and his gun went off by mistake. Anderson said he approached Curry's truck because Curry had seemed to challenge Anderson's uncle in a dispute over a car blocking the nightclub's driveway. Prosecutors and a witness said Curry did nothing to provoke the shooting.
Anderson could be eligible for parole in 14 years.
Curry, a native of Cincinnati, starred in football at suburban Princeton High School and at the University of Miami.
Simms set for surgery,
out at least 3 weeks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms will have arthro-scopic surgery on his right elbow Monday and will miss at least three weeks.
The surgery for bone chips on Simms' throwing elbow will be followed by rest for a strained ligament in the elbow, coach Ray Handley said.
Simms, 36, was hurt in the Giants' 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders on Sunday. Handley said Simms will dress for the game against Phoenix this Sunday to serve as an emergency backup to Jeff Hostetler and rookie Dave Brown.
"He can't throw the ball, really, but he can get us out of the huddle better than anybody else," Handley said of Simms.
Handley said defensive end Leonard Marshall will see limited duty this weekend after missing two games because of arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
Around the league
Buccaneers: The Bucs re-signed defensive back Joe King, bringing their active roster back to 47 players.
King, who went from Cleveland to Tampa Bay on Plan B this spring, was waived Sept. 29 after playing in the Bucs' first four games, primarily on special teams.
The Bucs take today off and resume practice Sunday morning. They play at Chicago Oct. 18.
Packers: Safety Chuck Cecil was fined $890 for charges stemming from a scuffle with a restaurant owner Sept. 20 and a subsequent dispute at a police station. Through his attorney, Thomas Olejniczak, Cecil pleaded no contest in Green Bay Municipal Court to charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.
Browns: Cleveland activated Kevin Mack, who led the team with 726 rushing yards last year. Mack missed the first four games because of a sore knee and strained leg muscle.
The team placed tight end Pete Holohan on injured reserve because of a sore foot.