JERSEY CITY - The pain is still strong for Miriam Melendez, whose son Dareus Burgess was shot and killed in a Jersey City park in June of 2009.
Three-and-a-half years later, her son's killer, Anthony Rose, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder. According to Melendez, her son was not the intended target.
Melendez says the gunman had allegedly gotten into a fight that day with someone wearing the same shoes and socks as her son.
Rose shot and killed Burgess as the 28-year-old was playing basketball in the park just blocks from their Jersey City home.
Clutching the basketball her son was playing with that day, Melendez says she hopes that the man who took her son's life from her really thinks about what he's done.
Rose, 28, was found guilty in October.
He will get three years credit for time served. If he serves the full sentence, he will be 50 years old at the time of his release.