Shakur Thornton, 17, died in March 2013 after being stabbed on
Antonio Gardner, 26, learned his fate Monday as a judge sentenced him to serve 15 years behind bars and five years probation for second-degree murder.
The defense attorney spoke about
Several family members of the victim read statements, one tearfully telling the judge that the 17-year-old was too young too die.
Shakur’s family says there is unspeakable pain that comes with knowing his life was cut short.
"My cousin had a bright future and he was going to go to college and go somewhere in life and I’m just hurt by my cousin's death,” said Shakur’s cousin Alize Thomas.
"Time ain't going to bring my son back so like the judge said, there's no winner,” said Shakur’s father Dushaine Ashley. “We have no winners in it because his life is done and my son is gone."
Prosecutors also said no one can be pleased with the outcome because the bottom line is, a 17-year-old died tragically.
"We don't know what Mr. Thornton could've been,” said Leon Debes of the
For now, Shakur's family says they are going to focus on the healing process.
"My son is gone so I got to move on with my life, try to make the best of the situation,” said Ashley. “I've got a young daughter I’ve got to raise up now and just got to try and move on with my life.”
No one else has been charged in connection to this case, and although