The teen who was convicted of killing a Clayton County deputy was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 70 years on Thursday afternoon.
Jonathan Bun, 18, received the maximum sentence for the shooting and killing of Clayton County Deputy Rick Daly.
Rick Daly's family hugged each other and wiped away tears after the life sentence was handed down to Bun.
In May, a jury convicted Bun of gunning down Rick Daly last summer during a traffic stop. Rick Daly had pulled Bun over for an outstanding armed robbery warrant. That stop turned into a nearly six-hour manhunt with hundreds of law enforcement.
"We were robbed of his future because Jonathan Bun murdered him, took him from us," Rick Daly's daughter Amber Wright said.
Wright addressed the court during sentencing, describing the void Rick Daly's death left for her 2-year-old daughter.
"She says, 'why did papa leave. I need to find him.' The pain that I have when I hear that is indescribable and she asks about him everyday," Wright said.
Rick Daly's wife of 37-years didn't want Bun to see the light of day.
"I believe he should get life without parole because he took my husband's life, so I believe he should pay with his own life," Cheryl Daly said.
Bun spoke once right before learning he'll die in prison.
"I just want to apologize to Officer Daly's family and that's it," Bun said.
The district attorney felt justice was served.
"It's good for the citizens that are free. I worry about the people that are in prison, the guards. I hope they protect themselves," Tracy Lawson Graham said.
Thursday morning a judge ruled that it would not be unconstitutional to sentence Bun to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Bun's defense attorney argued early Thursday morning against a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He called the sentence "unconstitutional" since Bun was only 17 when he committed the murder, not yet an adult.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge ruled the sentencing statute is not unconstitutional. That opened up the possibility of Bun receiving the life sentence.
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