continued Boutelle said it is evident from the brother’s life-long cohabitation that David had compassion for Russell. Stating that due to David’s bad back, Russell stepped in and helped with the farm work and David financially supported Russell through his Social Security checks.
“They filled wholes in eachothers lives,” said Boutelle.
David Lang decided to speak on his own behalf before the sentence was handed down.
“I am not a perfect man, I’m truly sorry, I’ve always loved my brother,” said Lang, then he said thank you.
Meyer said there was no basis for the court to show anymore mercy to Lang than has already been shown, given the reduced charge. Meyer said if not for the plea agreement he felt a punishment of 40 to 60 percent higher was called for and felt 15 years was the appropriate sentence.
Meyer said at no point during the trial did he see or read evidence that this was a crime of passion. He had to also send a message to anyone out there, whether they be elderly or 20 years old there will be consequences if they decide to fire a gun at someone.
The Crown Point man admitted to shooting and killing his brother, Russell Lang, in the head on June 19, 2012, following an argument at the farmhouse they shared at 325 Lake Road in Crown Point.
Russell, 63, was found in the driveway and was taken to Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga in critical condition. He was transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, where he died on June 20.
Following the sentence, friend of the family Thomas Tendy called the sentence a “disgrace” and left the court room.
A family representative who asked not to be identified said both brothers were and are extremely loved and that both are in their minds every day.