The man convicted of killing a Georgia National Guardsman a year ago has learned his fate.
A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has sentenced Quentric Williams, who was already a convicted felon, to life in prison without parole, plus 15 years.
Williams was convicted last week on multiple felony counts, including malice murder and felony murder in the murder of Mitt Lenix, 28.
"We have the beginning of closure and the beginning of healing," said Mitt Lenix's father Bill Lenix.
Prosecutors said Williams killed Mitt Lenix, who was trying to find someone to help him jump-start his car at the Starlight Six Drive-In theater.
Williams claimed he thought Mitt Lenix had a gun, so he felt threatened when Lenix approached his truck. He said he fired a shot just to scare him.
Mitt Lenix was a combat medic in the National Guard, studying to be a doctor and champion martial arts fighter.
His parents own the Universal Martial Arts school in Stockbridge. The entryway is a shrine to Mitt Lenix. The other teachers and students said how the Lenix family has handled the tragedy has been inspirational.
"Most people would be hateful, but they've remained so humble and loving," said student Devin Reynolds.
The Lenix's said they have tried to teach peace and respect at their school, and live by those teachings.
"We hope while he's (Williams) in prison he will turn his life around in there and work within the prison. Personally, I don't want to see him out on the street again," said Bill Lenix.
The couple said they forgave Williams so they can move forward, but they really want an apology which they have not gotten from Williams.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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