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Binghamton man will spend 1-5 years behind bars for stabbing half-brother

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By Kerry Longobucco.
Antonio Jenkins, 38, of Binghamton, was sentenced Tuesday morning to up to five years in state prison for the July stabbing death of his half-brother, James Williams, 22.

During his sentencing in Broome County Court, Jenkins said he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when the crime took place on July 16. City police found Williams' bloody body on a sidewalk outside an apartment building at 194 Main St. He died shortly after at Wilson Hospital.

In the courtroom Tuesday, Jenkins' bowed his head and spoke with great emotion as he read aloud a letter to Judge Joseph Cawley. Jenkins apologized for what he called a "terrible, disgraceful crime" and expressed remorse for what he's done to his half-brother and their family. He said his mother has forgiven him -- but he will never forgive himself.

Jenkins, a father of two, who is engaged to be married, asked the judge for a lighter sentence for the sake of his family.

In September, Jenkins pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter as part of an agreement with prosecutors, who agreed to seek up to five years in prison. Assistant District Attorney Kevin Dooley says he agreed to offer a lighter sentence due to the nature of the crime -- which he referred to as a "fight between brothers."

Judge Cawley says he believes Jenkins wouldn't be standing before him, if it weren't for his addiction issues. The judge told Jenkins he hopes to see him address his drug, alcohol and anger problems during the one to five years he'll spend behind bars.