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TROY — Two Troy teens read prepared statements Monday before being sentenced on charges including murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in the death of Nathan Wintrow, 20, at the 213 E. Canal St., homicide in October 2013.


Jason Sowers, 17, was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison, while Brendon Terrel, 19, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Witnesses at earlier hearings for Brendon Terrel, 19, Patrick McGail, 18, and Sowers said they went to the house that night to rob Wintrow. Both said they regretted their actions, with Sowers addressing the family of Mr. Wintrow, telling them he was sorry and that his “mind was set on getting drugs and money. I take full responsibility for my actions.”


Both teenagers ultimately confesssed and cooperated with authorities and signed a substantial assistance plea agreement for their testimony against fellow co-defendant Patrick McGail, who was found guilty last week following jury deliberations lasting nearly 10 hours. McGail was convicted of two counts of murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglarly and several firearm specifications. He will be sentenced Sept. 19 and faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in prison.


Wintrow was shot in the head after two of the three entered the duplex on East Canal Street through the back door, police said. Wintrow’s girlfriend and 2-year-old son were in the home at the time.


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