Man Sentenced For Killing Roommate

Man Sentenced For Killing Roommate

By Jake Wasikowski. CREATED Dec 11, 2012

He may not have brought the gun, but he was the person who ended up using it.  Michael Sebesta will spend at least 8 years behind bars for killing his friend and roommate in January.


Tuesday, Judge James Gleason sentenced Sebesta to 12-20 years in prison.  In September, he pleaded guilty to Manslaughter and two weapons charges.


In January, Sebesta shot his friend 26-year-old Philip Burden in the head.  Attorneys say the two got in a fight because Sebesta owed Burden drug money.  A gun was involved in the scuffle, and the defendant ended up using it.  Burden died at the hospital a day later.  Sebesta went on the run, and was arrested 4 weeks later.


“I totally apologize to the whole family.   It was a horrible accident that never should've happened," Sebesta told KMTV Action 3 News outside of the courtroom after his sentencing.


Burden's family says they wanted to see a longer sentence, and that his death has been very difficult on them.


"I don't think it was fair.  I think he got off pretty easy,” said Burden’s father, Christopher Incontro.  "I know for everyday it's almost unbearable to get through without him.  So far it's just gotten harder for me."


Judge Gleason said Sebesta would be eligible for parole in 8 years.  He will receive credit for 300 days served.