A Bay Area rapper was sentenced to nearly 22 years in state prison Wednesday morning in a 2012 Vallejo homicide case.
Derek Ray Pittman did not offer any statement during the sentencing hearing at Solano County Superior Court Judge Daniel Healy's courtroom in Vallejo.
Pittman was arrested in the homicide case of Danell Lashawn Stevens, 23, after turning himself in a few days later. Stevens was found shot multiple times on Fordham Circle on Valentine's Day and later died at Sutter Solano Medical Center.
"I hate the 14th of every month," Stevens' cousin said in her statement at the hearing.
The cousin was one of the six family members present at the sentencing, all wearing memorabilia with Stevens' photos in memory of the slain man.
In a 2012 interview with the Times-Herald, Stevens' sister, Ashley Lendo, said Stevens was attending Heald College to become a dental assistant at the time of his death and was a father to two girls.
Lendo also spoke at the hearing.
"Twenty one years isn't nearly enough," she said, addressing Pittman. "But it's comforting to know for that long you can't walk the streets. ..."
Pittman was sentenced to 21 years and eight months, after a plea deal. He pleaded guilty in June to voluntary manslaughter and admitted to the personal use of firearm in the shooting case.
Pittman, who is also known by his rapper name Bay Geen, has prior arrests in Oakland, Modesto, Fairfield and San Jose for narcotics, theft and false personation, and he frequented Vallejo's Country Club Crest area, police said following his arrest.
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