PITTSBURGH (AP) — A ride-share van passenger convicted of murder in the shooting death of a man outside a Pittsburgh club has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.
Thirty-eight-year-old Derek Vasos testified that he was “scared to death” when he shot 28-year-old Donald Ketter Jr. early on Feb. 5 outside the Carrick Literary Club. He said Ketter appeared to be in a rage and seemed to have something in his hands. At Thursday’s sentencing, the judge said that Ketter posed no danger.
Defense attorney Phil DiLucente argued that the shooting was self-defense even if his client’s fears were mistaken. But Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Edward Scheid called the self-defense argument “meritless” and told jurors that premeditation can form in an instant.