A Rochester man was denied a lesser sentence in the murder of RIT professor Edline Chun.
Jerrell Henry was sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing and killing Chun in 2013. After winning an appeal Henry was hoping Judge Alex Renzi will reduce his sentence to include an option for parole.
Renzi re-sentenced Henry Wednesday morning to serve 25 years to life in state prison.
A dozen of Chun’s friends and family gathered outside the courtroom to console each other. It was the same group that sat through two trials four years earlier. This time, they would hear from Henry themselves.
Judge Renzi’s words to Henry short but direct, “Life without parole you deserve so much more,”.
Assistant District Attorney Perry Duckles tells News 8, justice was served.
“There was a dearth of evidence submitted during this trial that pointed to Jerrell Henry. Being the one who killed Ms. Chun inside that home. Obviously, there are only three people inside the home where Ms. Chun died and none of them are forthcoming as to what happened. So we had to proceed with circumstantial evidence,” Duckles said.
Henry’s statement included that there was not enough evidence to prove that he pulled the trigger. He will serve a term of 25 years to life state prison.
Henry’s girlfriend, Natalie Johnson was also convicted on two counts of second degree murder. She has a case pending in Appellate Court.