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Gunman given 84 years in prison for Hadiya Pendleton's slaying

CHICAGO - A Cook County judge imposed a sentence of 84 years in prison for the convicted gunman in the slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a death nearly six years ago that put a national spotlight on Chicago's gun violence.

The sentence by Judge Nicholas Ford came after Micheail Ward, 24, protested his innocence during his first public comments. In his rambling remarks, he took prosecutors and police to task for what he saw as a failure to find the real killer.

"I am upset that I'm the one that's going down for a murder that I didn't commit," Ward said. "All y'all had

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