‘You should have paid your life,’ Lexington mother tells young men who killed her son

Chauncey Anthony Ingram, left, and Sayvon Azell Thompson
Chauncey Anthony Ingram, left, and Sayvon Azell Thompson Lexington

Two Lexington men were sentenced Friday in the 2014 shooting death and robbery of Jeffrey Isaiah Adams.

Chauncey Anthony Ingram, 18, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and Sayvon Azell Thompson, 21, was sentenced to 20 years by Fayette Circuit Court Judge Pamela Goodwine.

Both entered guilty pleas on Nov. 23. Adams, 19, was shot twice on Oct. 17, 2014, in the hallway of an apartment complex at 1750 McCullough Drive, just off Winburn Drive. Ingram was a juvenile at the time of the shooting.

Jessica Adams Sweat, Adams’ mother, was allowed to speak directly to both defendants during the sentencing.

“I feel like you should have paid your life,” Sweat told Ingram, who had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, robbery and tampering with evidence.

Judge Goodwine’s voice rose as she spoke to each defendant in separate sentencings.

“Life is valuable. Life is precious,” Goodwine told Ingram. “It is not yours to take.”

She added: “You made the decision that day ... to put a gun in your pocket,” Goodwine said. “Jeffrey did not deserve to die.”

Thompson pleaded guilty in November to facilitation to manslaughter, robbery and tampering with evidence. Rawl Kazee, Thompson’s attorney, acknowledged that his client took part in the planning of the robbery.

“At this point, ‘sorry’ doesn’t mean much,” but that’s all Thompson can say, Kazee said.

Thompson apologized to the Adams family and to his mentors in open court.

Goodwine told Thompson that she took no pleasure in sending someone to prison, because it is not a pleasant place.

“But I can assure you, neither is a cemetery,” Goodwine said.

Going to prison should not be assumed to be a rite of passage, as so many young men apparently consider it to be, Goodwine said.

“You should be walking into college, not into prison,” the judge told Thompson.