HONOLULU (KHNL) - A man, convicted of a deadly shooting during a brawl on Oahu's North Shore two years ago, was sentenced during an emotional hearing Thursday.
A judge handed down his punishment after denying the killer's request for a new trial.
17-month-old Xavier never had the chance to meet his daddy. He was born after his father's murder.
But for big brother Isaiah, who turns five on Friday, it's been a painful two years.
"I can never find the right answer to give him when he would ask, 'Mom, where is Dad?'" Desiree Ching, victim's wife, said through tears.
Dillon Ching, 30, was fatally shot after he intervened in a large fight, involving his family members and another group, outside his Sunset Beach home.
"You killed him for no reason," Dolly Motta, victim's mother, said through tears.
Dustin Jimenez maintains he acted in self-defense and tries unsuccessfully to get a new trial.
"I'm not over the trauma you put me through," Motta said. "You are a mean, ruthless, insensitive person."
"Dillon was fighting," Melissa Dabin, victim's sister-in-law, said. "He was fighting for his life."
"I never mean for this to happen," the convicted murderer said as he apologized to the victim's family. "And I just hope somewhere in your guys' hearts, you guys can forgive me."
Prosecutors ask for a life sentence plus 45 years. The defense argues against that.
"I do not want to depreciate the seriousness of what had happened in this particular incident," Chester Kanai, defense attorney, said. "But clearly, we can not throw the entire ball of blame on Mr. Jimenez."
The judge sentences Jimenez to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The 23-year-old must serve a mandatory minimum of 15 years for using a firearm.
He receives an additional five-year term for an unrelated car theft.
"At least we have closure," Dabin said. "It's been a long haul."