Men convicted in W&J student's death sentenced

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PITTSBURGH - The three men who were convicted of third-degree homicide in the death of a Washington & Jefferson football player nearly two years ago were sentenced Monday.

Channel 11’s Cara Sapida reported Eric Wells was sentenced to 10-25 years for third-degree murder and three-to-six years for robbery.

“I apologize for the pain I've caused the McNerney family,” Wells said. “I, like you, remember the circumstances every day. I wish I could offer more than an apology.”

Adam Hankins was sentenced to six-15 years for third-degree murder and three -10 years for robbery.

“I wish I could have done anything to save Tim,” Hankins said. “I will find a way to make up for my mistakes and make a difference in this world.”

Troy Simmons was sentenced to five -12 years for third-degree murder and two-to-eight years for robbery.

“I am truly sorry for my actions. They were reckless, stupid and selfish. I pray for your forgiveness,” Simmons said. 

Police said Wells, Hankins and Simmons mugged and punched 21-year-old Timothy McNerney while he was walking back  to campus with a friend in October 2012.

According to court testimony, McNerney was knocked to the ground, hitting his head.

McNerney’s mother, Denise McNerney, said during court that she doesn’t feel like she can forgive the men.

“I sought earthly and spiritual advice, and it’s the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” she said. “I tell you, I can’t forgive you. This is in the hands of the Lord.”

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