Ohio mom forgives teen who killed her son

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio mother whose 19-year-old son was fatally shot by a 16-year-old boy on a street corner tells a judge she has forgiven the shooter.

Alisha Kali said in a Columbus courtroom Wednesday that her family has forgiven Michael L. Cantrell, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Cantrell, now 18, pleaded guilty last month to an adult charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Kylan Cunningham. Witnesses saw Cantrell pull a handgun and fire at Cunningham during an argument.

Kali said her wish for Cantrell was to "take this 18 years and make something productive, come back in society and give, opposed to taking away."

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1m8BXai) reports that Cantrell apologized to Kali at the hearing.