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Nov 26, 2012 8:34 PM by Andy Koen

Calhan man sentenced to 22 years

COLORADO SPRINGS - A Calhan man who was convicted of being the trigger man in shooting death last October was sentenced Monday to 22 years in prison. Mark Manyik, 55, was found guilty of second degree murder, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence in connection with the slaying of Robert Miles.

Prosecutors say his former girlfriend Traci Lynn Adams was the mastermind of the crime and allegedly lured Miles, an ex-boyfriend, over to her home on the promise of a romantic dinner and sex. When he arrived, she convinced Manyik to shoot him.

Adams was sentenced to life without parole in August after being convicted of First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder.

Many of Manyik's relatives were in court when the sentence was read. In fact, defense attorney Allison Ernst said they submitted some 44 letters to the judge requesting leniency. Most said that Manyik was a good man who helped the wrong person at the wrong time.

As she prepared to issue the sentence, Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Theresa Cisneros told Manyik that he was not an individual she expected to see standing in her courtroom. She believed he was a good man but was troubled by the lengths he had gone to cover up the murder.

The 22 years that Manyik received was on the lower end of the possible range of 16 to 48 years. Manyik was also sentenced 10 years for the aggravated robbery charge and 6 years for evidence tampering.

But those sentences will be carried out concurrently rather than being added on to the end of the 22 years. He will also receive credit for the 400 days served.

Prosecutor Andrew Vaughan said he was satisfied with the outcome.

"We think justice is done," he said. "We're glad that it's over, we're glad that the victims have finally received justice."

Defense Attorney Allison Enrst said she would have preferred an acquittal, but believes the sentence was fair.

"That means I think he has a chance to actually get out of prison," she said. "He will be older but he has an opportunity to move on with his life, be with his family."

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