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December 16, 2010
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NY drive-by shooter gets 384 years

The 39 year old claimed that he "borrowed the gun from Lucifer"

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A man convicted of a deadly New York City drive-by shooting spree using a gun police say he claimed came from the devil has been sentenced to 384 years to life in prison.

Police say 39-year-old Matthew Coletta told them he "borrowed the gun from Lucifer."

Prosecutors say Coletta was driving a green Cadillac when the shootings began Aug. 25, 2006. They say he drove through Queens and shot randomly at mostly red cars.

Fifty-one-year-old Todd Upton was shot and killed as he rode in a car with his wife to their Long Island home. Thirteen people were injured.

Police say Coletta had been on a cocaine and alcohol binge.

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Coletta was convicted last month of second-degree murder and 13 counts of second-degree attempted murder. He was sentenced Thursday. He told the judge the wrong man was convicted.

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