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Man sentenced to 70 years in prison for involvement in murder


A Columbus man convicted for his involvement in a mistaken identity murder learned his fate Monday.

Rodger Scales was convicted in August, facing more than 100 years in prison in the death of Kelly Leggett.

Scales will spend the next 70 years of his life in prison with 30 on probation. 

Angela Crawford was inside the home when authorities say Scales along with four other men targeted the wrong apartment looking for drugs and money.

Two of the suspects testified against Scales in exchange for plea deals, claiming he was the trigger man.

The jury didn't believe them. Scales was acquitted of murder but found guilty of several other charges including six counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

The victim's family asked the court not show Scales any leniency, because he hasn't shown any remorse.

Shortly after, Scales asked to address the court.

"I'd like to say I apologize to the victim's family because Mr. Leggett should have never left this earth the way he did," said Scales. "I wasn't the one who took him away from this earth. If you want to hate me for being in the car, hate me then."

Scales has maintained he never approached the apartment with the group and says he stayed in the car.

Scales did not show any emotion when the sentence was given. The prosecution launched a full attack on Scales' character today.

"We  can all rest and sleep well at night knowing that he is just not roaming the streets of Columbus or Phenix City," said assistant district attorney LaRae Moore.

Moore says she will do all she can to make sure Scales serves every bit of time he's been given.

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