A 34-year old Kailua man was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole Wednesday for a fatal stabbing in January of 2014.
Robert Roediger-Geaque apologized to the family of his victim, Scott MacMillan, whose body was found under a stairwell on Uluniu Street.
"I want them to know that I'm right with god and I'm truly trying to make myself a better man," he said.
The victim's family also spoke to the court. Shawn MacMillan choked up as he said his brother fell on hard times recently but was working to get back on his feet. "We not only lost a brother... I lost one of my closest friends."
But just before the judge handed down the mandatory sentence, Roediger's grandmother asked to speak from the gallery.
"Can I say something?" Eve Mann interrupted. Mann insisted that her grandson was framed, despite the jury trial, "I'm sorry for your loss," Mann told MacMillan's family, "But the man who killed your brother is still out there.
The judge, did allow her a few minutes to speak.
"He's never hurt anyone in his life," she said, "He has the mentality of a 12-year old. He doesn't even know how to defend himself. He's very smart, he's bright, but he's a surfer, he does odd jobs."
The judge asked a sheriff's deputy to escort her out after telling her multiple times that the case wasn't going to be retried and that Roediger has the right to appeal. Mann grabbed her things and walked out of the courtroom, stopping to tell MacMillan's family one more time that her grandson is innocent.
She says she won't give up the fight, even if everyone else has accepted the outcome.