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080808 anderson/PP DAN CAPPELLAZZO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Lockport - Clyde �hase�Anderson, of Niagara Falls is led into Judge Klock� court for sentencing in a home invasion killing last year.

As she stood in a Niagara County courtroom on Friday, Tracy McClain fought to keep her composure.

Her voice, choked with emotion, McClain struggled to tell State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch Sr. about her murdered husband Orlando.

“Where should I begin,” she said as tears rolled down her cheeks. “Should I tell you about how life was with ‘Lando’ or how life is without him?”

“I want to hear what you have to say,” Kloch said gently. “Take your time.”

McClain had asked to speak to Kloch before he sentenced Clyde “Chase” Anderson, a Boston-based marijuana dealer with ties to Jamaican drug gangs from the New York City area, to a previously agreed upon 20-year prison term.

Anderson pleaded guilty on June 10 to a single count of first-degree manslaughter in the November 2006 home invasion murder of Orlando McClain.

With more than a dozen friends and family members looking on, Tracy McClain spoke of her life before her husband’s slaying and her and her children’s life since the murder.

“Orlando was like sunshine,” she said. “He always laughed, had a joke to tell or an encouraging word. He lived his life for his family first and his friends second. November 2006 is when my sun set for good.”

Her husband was gunned down in a hail of bullets in his Weston Avenue home on Nov. 9.

Investigators said Tracy answered a knock at the door that night and, after encountering a female there, two masked gunmen emerged and pushed their way into the home.

“One of the men then put a gun to her head,” Detective Capt. Ernest Palmer said.

Orlando, who had been sitting in a chair near the door, got up and pushed his wife out of the way so hard that she fell into a window and shattered it. One of the suspects then began shooting at McClain with what was later determined to be a .40-caliber handgun.

McClain was shot five times in the upper body.

“Life without ‘Lando’ is a struggle every day for everyone who loved him,” Tracy said.

She said her youngest son refuses to go to bed at night without first “checking the doors and setting the alarms.”

“He (thinks) the people who killed his daddy are coming back to kill him,” she said.

For herself, Tracy says she deals almost daily with deadly flashbacks.

“I replay everything in my mind,” she said, “thinking if I did something different, (Orlando) would still be here.”

Looking an Anderson, who never once looked at her, McClain said, “I hope you see his face every day. I hope it haunts you. I hope every day for the next 20 years is miserable.”

In taking his guilty plea, Anderson admitted he was at McClain’s house, but insisted he had stayed in the get-away car and never entered the home.

Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffman said the evidence in the case proved otherwise.

“There’s no question his palm print was on the wall of the hallway above where the victim was shot,” Hoffman said.

Asked by Kloch if he had anything to say, Anderson said, “I’m sorry for the family’s loss. It was a foolish mistake on my part getting involved in something like this.”

Kloch looked at Anderson and said, “You’re going to have to answer to a higher authority some day.”

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