Troy teen to be sentenced

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Updated: 6/04 9:21 am
TROY N.Y. – A teenager is facing a possible sentencing of 25 years to life after a jury found her guilty of second degree murder in her father's death for the second time.

Trinity Copeland, 18, was expected to be sentenced on Wednesday. However, the Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office confirmed the sentencing is now scheduled for June 12 at 10 a.m.

Prosecutors say Trinity Copeland, 18, killed her father in cold blood, shooting him in the head with a gun after he found out she stole his debit card and purchased $150 worth of items.

It was argued by the prosecution that Copeland showed no emotion and changed her story a number of times when she spoke with police after the incident.

Copeland took the stand in her own defense during her trial in April. She told the jury that she shot her father out of fear for her own life back in 2012. She said she confessed to her father about stealing his debit card and in response, she says her father went to get a gun in his room, threatening to kill her and then himself.

The prosecution said Copeland told a neighbor and police that someone broke into the apartment and shot her father. They say Copeland showed no emotion and later changed her story. They said Copeland was evening laughing during the interview with detectives, and that she called her father a jerk to detectives just four hours after shooting.

Copeland did not deny the jerk references. On the stand, she explained that she wasn't thinking clearly because she thought she was going to die.

The defense argued her father was an alcoholic and was drunk the morning of the fatal incident.

Copeland spent about 10 months behind bars after she admitted to the shooting in 2012. However, she was released from the Rensselaer County Jail in May 2013, when the original murder indictment against her was dropped. Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally said the court found prosecutors failed to properly instruct the Grand Jury.

In September of 2013 she was re-arraigned on charges of second-degree Murder and first-degree Manslaughter, to which she plead not guilty.
The 12 jurors found Copeland guilty; she is to be sentenced Wednesday morning at the Rensselaer County Courthouse.
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