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Man Gets Life Sentence For Killing Broncos Player

DENVER (CBS) ― Willie Clark, the man convicted of killing Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, has been sentenced to life in prison plus 1,152 years, CBS station KCNC-TV reports.

Clark will serve his sentence without the possibility of parole.

A jury last month convicted Clark of first-degree murder in Williams' death on New Year's Day 2007. A first-degree murder conviction in Colorado carries a mandatory life sentence.

The drive-by shooting happened after both men left the same nightclub where there was an altercation.

Clark, who had two prior felony convictions, also was convicted of 16 counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the Williams case.

Rosalind Williams called her son's slaying a cowardly act and said gang violence must be stopped.

"Now, whenever one tells me Happy New Year, it hurts," she told the court before Clark was sentenced. "Now, when anybody says Happy Mother's Day, it hurts, because my baby will never be able to tell me Happy Mother's Day again."

Clark, who arrived at the Denver courthouse Friday morning, asked District Judge Christina Habas if he could be absent for his sentencing, a request Habas is considering. She ordered Clark to remain at the courthouse through the lunch break in the meantime.

Prosecutors oppose Clark's request.

"Frankly, I think he's denying the victims their opportunity to have their day in court," said prosecutor Tim Twining. Clark's attorney, Darren Cantor, argues that his client has a right to choose whether to attend key hearings.

Clark also was convicted of attempted murder and assault charges in the shooting that injured two others.

Witnesses testified that Clark hopped into an SUV to catch up with a limousine carrying Williams after the altercation at the club. Clark has maintained his innocence, and his defense attorneys sought to pin the blame on a man in a separate SUV.

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