"You're very lucky the jury gave you that mercy," Carpenter said.
Miller, 41, also a Center City record store manager, was shot and fatally wounded July 14, 2010, at a party at a house in the 4900 block of North Camac Street in Logan. Witnesses said at least two armed men knocked on the door and tried to get inside before shooting into the crowded house.
Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman said investigators believe two other men participated in the crime. However, no other arrests were ever made.
Ryan Miller, Rendell's older brother, choked up as he told Carpenter of "three Christmases and three Thanksgivings without Randy."
"Maybe he didn't pull the trigger," Miller said, referring to White, "but being involved should involve some penalty."
Defense lawyer Joseph Schultz argued for a sentence of six years, saying White had no prior adult criminal record, had a steady work history, and was the support of his family, including a wife and young twins. White cooperated with police and called the incident "out of character," Schultz said.
White apologized to Miller's family and his own and told Carpenter: "I don't believe society or anyone will benefit from the lengthy incarceration of myself."
Fairman argued for the 19- to 40-year sentence, telling the judge White was a willing participant in the conspiracy to rob the party that night. She also said White lied during one police interview and hurt the chances of catching the other gunmen.
"He has no excuse for this but the fact that he was greedy," she said.