Raekwon Winston was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Thursday morning by Oneida County Judge Michael Dwyer. Winston, 23, from Utica, had been found guilty of Second Degree Murder this past May of shooting and killing Lawrence Edwards. Winston was also sentenced to 15 years for each of two charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Those sentences are to run concurrently with the sentence on the murder.
Winston had been scheduled for sentencing in July, but, at that sentencing, he appealed to Judge Dwyer that his lawyer had not adequately defended him at trial. A hearing was held Wednesday in Oneida County court. After the hearing, Judge Dwyer ruled that Winston’s defense was adequate and set sentencing for Thursday.
Winston was found guilty of killing Lawrence Edwards, a homeless man, in Utica, in May, 2016.