BUFFALO, New York — A Buffalo man who fatally shot his friend after she ate his leftover sandwich was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Thursday.
Marcus Gottsche, 34, returned to his Buffalo home after a night of drinking in February 2011, the Erie County DA said. He started fighting with his friend Jasmine Armour, 28, after he spotted her eating his leftover sandwich in the kitchen.
The fight escalated into a standoff with knives, according to court documents. A BB gun was in the kitchen, but Gottsche went upstairs to get a rifle – one of four guns in the house – from his bedroom. Gottsche fired a single shot into the ground from the staircase.
Armour ran out of the house and Gottsche shot her in the back, the DA said.
He was convicted of murder in the second degree in December 2011 and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, but the verdict was vacated last year after it was found that Gottsche was denied effective representation by his attorney.
Gottsche pleaded guilty to manslaughter in June, the DA said. He has been sentenced to serve 22 and a half years in prison with five years of post-release supervision.
“In the blink of an eye, the defendant took the life of a young woman who didn’t deserve to suffer such a violent death,” said acting DA Michael Flaherty. “We are satisfied that after five long years, justice was rendered.”