June 06, 2020

York man sentenced to 14 years in prison for shooting friend

ALFRED – A York man convicted of manslaughter for shooting his friend in 1999 has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

With the nearly two years he already has served and credit for good behavior, Christopher Mayrose, 30, will serve about another 11 years behind bars.

In York County Superior Court on Friday, Mayrose stood and faced the family and friends of the man he killed.

“I can’t explain the things I did that night,” Mayrose said. “I acted like an irresponsible fool and it cost Eric his life. I can’t express how ashamed I am.”

Mayrose was convicted by a York County jury last October of manslaughter for shooting 22-year-old Eric Campbell, also of York.

Mayrose killed Campbell on July 9, 1999, at Mayrose’s cabin near the York-Ogunquit line. He had told police it was an accident.

But prosecutors said Mayrose knew what he was doing, that he pulled a gun on Campbell and shot him in the head because he was angry that Campbell had left him at a club the night before.

During a police interview after the shooting, Mayrose repeatedly said he had not intended to shoot Campbell. Yet at one point he said he might have pulled the trigger thinking the gun wouldn’t go off.

Mayrose had been charged with murder, but the jury found him guilty of the less-serious offense. Manslaughter carries a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson had asked for a 15-year sentence.

The defense attorney, Anthony Sineni III, had asked that his client serve no more time in prison than what he already has done. He said Mayrose had a drinking problem that triggered the fatal shooting, and that Mayrose actually is a “passive, thoughtful, sensitive person.”

During Friday’s sentencing, Judge G. Arthur Brennan blamed the shooting partly on alcohol and partly on a “totally irresponsible fascination with guns.”

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