STAMFORD - The man who confessed to killing a Stamford man in 2007 was sentenced to 28 years in prison today.

Hyshon Smith, 19, pleaded guilty to shooting 22-year-old Gregory Rowell as he sat in his parked car. Smith's attorney says he will not admit to killing Rowell, but entered the plea because of the risk of a longer sentence if convicted at trial.

Smith was given the opportunity to speak in court, but declined. Outside the courtroom, Rowell's family members said they are relieved to have the day behind them.