A teen who shot a 16-year-old Shawnee Mission North student in a skateboarding feud was sentenced Friday to more than 13 years for second-degree murder.
Wyandotte County Judge J. Dexter Burdette also sentenced Stephen Reed, now 17, to a year for possession of a firearm by a juvenile. The sentences are to run concurrently. The judge also ordered Reed pay nearly $8,500 for funeral expenses.
During the sentencing hearing, a group of teens huddled around the family of the victim, Ryder Spillman.
Reed was convicted on Sept. 16.
On April 23, Reed fired three shots at Spillman near a Kansas City, Kan., elementary school. During the trial, Reed said he didn’t aim his gun at Spillman.
The two Johnson County teens were members of feuding skateboarder groups, New Mafia and the Roeland Park Skaters. The groups were supposed to meet that night for a fistfight. Spillman, who arrived alone, was shot when he approached the car where Reed and others were sitting. Police found Spillman dead from a gunshot wound the following day.
On Aug. 16, Reed’s cousin Shane Reed was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention. Shane Reed handed Stephen Reed the gun.
Michelle Spillman, Ryder’s mother, gave a tearful statement during the hearing, specifically mentioning difficulties his siblings were having.
“Ryder was the center of our family,” she said. “Our family is torn apart.”
Prosecutor Jennifer Myers called it a “senseless killing” during her statement and said Spillman was the one who lived up to his word to participate only in a fistfight.
Reed’s attorney, Carl Cornwell, made few statements. Reed’s mother, Theresa, did not speak during the hearing, but said after that they plan to file an appeal.
“They made him look like he deliberately did this,” she said. “He didn’t intend to harm this boy.”