HONOLULU (KHNL) - It took just a few hours for a jury to decide the fate of a man accused of murder on Oahu's North Shore. Dustin Jimenez was convicted on multiple counts Monday.
He claims he shot his victim in self-defense, but jurors don't buy it.
"We the jury in this case -- as to count one, murder in the second degree -- find the defendant guilty as charged," the court clerk read.
The panel deliberates for only three-and-a-half hours before convicting Dustin Jimenez of murder, terroristic threatening, reckless endangering and firearms offenses.
"He feared for his life," Theresa Jimenez, convicted murderer's mother, said through tears. "I love my son. And in his heart, he's not a murderer."
Dillon Ching, 30, was fatally shot after he intervened in a large fight outside his Sunset Beach home last year.
His wife, Desiree, was just steps away from him, and had to testify about his final moments during the trial.
"It was a burden for me to have my two kids and try to re-live this," she said.
Jimenez, a father of three young children, now faces life in prison with the possibility of parole.
"I just hope this is a lesson to other families that, you know, if their children is on drugs or carries a gun or anything like that," Theresa Jimenez said.
"I'm finally relieved that everything is over and that my husband, Dillon, can finally rest," Desiree Ching said through tears. "And me and my two boys can finally move on with our life."