A former Florida International University student was sentenced on Monday to 20½ years in prison for the fatal stabbing of former Haines City High School athlete Kendall Berry.
A Miami-Dade County judge gave Quentin Wyche, 25, the minimum sentence for his crime. He was convicted in September of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. He had faced a possible life sentence.
Wyche admitted to stabbing Berry, a tailback on the FIU football team, outside the campus recreation center in March 2010. But the defense argued Berry and several teammates had attacked Wyche, who was acting in self-defense.
But according to prosecutors, Wyche taunted Berry as he lay mortally wounded on the sidewalk at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique campus in West Miami-Dade. During the trial, a former FIU student who witnessed the stabbing said she heard Wyche saying, “I’m gonna kill him.” That was reportedly after Wyche got away from his attackers, retrieved the scissors and then returned to attack Berry.
The Miami Herald reports the fight followed a confrontation earlier in the day between Wyche and Berry’s girlfriend.
Wyche didn’t testify during his trial, but he apologized Monday to Berry’s family.
“My answer for why I brought a pair of scissors was only to scare a group of men, but it ended up being the death of your son and I’m sorry for that,” he said. “I’m sorry for not giving my side of the story, if you want to hear it. It would have been the truth.”
At Haines City High, Berry played in the Hornets’ triple-option offense at quarterback in his last two seasons after playing running back as a sophomore. He also ran track in high school.