A man in the US state of Florida was sentenced to life in prison for killing a teenage boy over an argument about loud music.
Forty-seven-year-old Michael Dunn, who is white, shot dead 17-year-old African American Jordan Davis after a heated argument over Davis playing loud music in his car.
The 2012 shooting occurred in front of a convenience store in Jacksonville, where Dunn and his girlfriend had pulled up in his car close to where Davis was parked in an SUV with a group of his friends.
An argument ensued over Davis’ refusal to turn down the music playing over his car speakers, which ended with Dunn firing 10 shots into the car, killing Davis. Dunn’s defence argued that he saw a gun in Davis’ car, although the teens were found to be unarmed.
In February, Dunn was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder over trying to kill Davis’ friends who were in the car. However, the jury at the time couldn’t reach a verdict regarding his charge of first degree murder.
“I truly regret what happened,” Dunn said in a statement at the sentencing directed at Davis’ family. “If I could roll back time and do things differently I would. Still, I’m mortified I took a life.”
Davis’ mother also made a statement, saying that she misses her son’s “big, wide, toothy smile.”
“For me, there will be no college graduation,” she said. “There will be no daughter-in-law. For me, there will be no future generation.”
“I raised my son to love, accept and forgive others,” she continued. “Therefore I too must be willing to forgive. And so I choose to forgive Mr. Dunn for taking my son’s life.”