Maurice Anthony sentenced to life in prison without parole

By Haley Burton
By Kelly McCarthy

May 9, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 7:45 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The man convicted of a 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Johnson City man received the maximum sentence in Broome County Court.

Maurice Anthony, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

In June 2013, a jury found him guilty of all charges in the 2010 murder of Eric Dantzler, of Binghamton.

Eric Dantzler's family members wore hand-made shirts in honor of their lost loved one, and heard his killer sentenced to life without parole.

Anthony was convicted on one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted robbery.

"But at the end of the day nobody wins," said Dantzler's mother Marnita Johnson. "His family suffers, we suffer, my grandkids suffer. His few seconds of a decision has cost everyone so much."

People in the courtroom cheered after Judge Joseph Cawley said 32-year-old Maurice Anthony would serve the maximum sentence allowed.

"I mean the applause, that was granted," said Dantzler's brother Anthony Harris. "He had to respect that. Other than that, I'm just happy everyone kept their composure and let him say what he had to say."

Maurice Anthony spoke before the court and addressed Eric Dantzler's family. Anthony said he's sorry for their loss but he maintains his innocence.

Judge Cawley responded saying, "You are clearly guilty of this crime beyond a reasonable doubt."

In December 2010, Anthony shot Dantzler in his vehicle on Corliss Avenue in Johnson City.

"The judge was a lot more smarter than he thought and I'm glad," Harris said. "I'm glad that everything happened the way it happened."

It was also shocking for the court to hear Anthony speak against a fallen Johnson City Police Officer. D.W. Smith was a lead investigator in the case against Anthony.

"The fact that Maurice Anthony, when he was talking in his own defense, sort of gloated about the fact that a Johnson City Police Officer had lost his life speaks volumes to the person he is," said Senior Assistant District Attorney Joshua Shapiro. "The fact that he has no remorse whatsoever, and shows why he's the kind of person that deserves life without parole."

As for Dantzler's family, they will hold onto Eric's own words, "You can get bitter or you can get better."

"At the end of the day, his memories are alive and our family is going to carry his thoughts and his memories and that's something they can never take away," Johnson said.

They will use his memories and their faith to bring peace back to the family.

"I got like a thousand pictures of him, but for the most part, I won't cry no more," Harris said. "I know he's in a better place and I'm just waiting to see him again."

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