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Murderer pleads for mercy

May 7, 2004

Albany-- Almost one year after he shot and killed a man, Thomas Span begged for mercy in court Friday morning.

Span is the man who shot two men in the head while riding in the backseat of their car on Lockett Station Road in Albany last May.

Investigators say it was during an argument over drugs that Span shot 24-year-old Eric Ingram and 27-year-old Kelvin Pollocks. Ingram died, but Pollocks, who survived, sat in court today as Span was sentenced to life in prison.

Span said "I beg the Ingram family's mercy. I didn't ask for forgiveness and I ask your honor to be as lenient as possible, and at least give me the opportunity to see daylight again."

Rufus Ingram, Eric's Father, said "He won't be on the street for a while to hurt anyone else. So yes, it helps to see that he is going to be in jail for a while."

On the murder sentence, Span will be eligible for parole in 14 years. But then he must serve another 25 years for aggravated assault.

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