The shooting happened last October, according to KTLA sister station KDVR in Denver.
15-year-old Keylin Mosely was shot dead and his 14-year old friend was paralyzed over what family calls a stupid teenage prank.
“The boys were trying to steal a pot plant from the backyard of an illegal grow,” said Mosley’s cousin, Salina Mosley.
Family members said they forgive the man responsible, even though he’s still claiming to be innocent.
Outside the Denver District Courthouse Wednesday, Salina described her cousin who died nearly one year ago.
“A chocolate prince with a chocolate smile,” she said. “Very quiet, very observed, very fun, loving.”
It was in the early morning hours of Oct. 9 when Mosley and his 14-year-old friend hopped a fence attempting to steal a marijuana plant from the illegal backyard grow, according to Denver police.
“Keylin was not trying to kill, he was not trying to destroy and he was not trying to hurt nobody,” Salina said.
From the home’s second story window, prosecutors say 49-year-old Keith Hammock fired shots, hitting both boys. They say Hammock then came down to the alley to check his aim.
“He did not do CPR on Keylin,” Salina alleged. “He walked in the house and said, ‘They tried to rob me.’”
The family says the 14-year-old was on the phone with 911 when he was shot a second time by Hammock, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Despite Hammock’s conviction, in Wednesday’s sentencing hearing he maintained his innocence, telling the judge he is the true victim and that he was not the one who fired the shots.
“We forgive him because we have to. We forgive him but life goes on, he knows what he did. He knows what happened that night. Keylin is gone,” Salina said, adding, all that matters is that justice has finally been served.
“He has to deal with what he did. When he comes to terms, that’s on him but we are moving on,” she said.
Hammock addressed the court before sentencing and said he suffered from ineffective counsel, a biased judge and a manufactured conviction. He said he will appeal his case.