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Darien Meheux found guilty

The court clerk reading the jury's verdict to the court on Friday afternoon The court clerk reading the jury's verdict to the court on Friday afternoon
Judge James Tunison (far left) sentencing Darien Meheux to life in prison Judge James Tunison (far left) sentencing Darien Meheux to life in prison
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Both sides spent nearly an hour and a half this morning delivering closing arguments. When court resumed after lunch, the jury went into deliberation.

Just after three o' clock, the jury returned with a verdict.

"We the jury find the party guilty this 17th day of January 2014," said the court clerk as she read the jury's verdict to the court.

After hearing the verdict, Meheux requested that the judge go ahead and sentence him rather than wait for a sentencing hearing.

The judge granted Meheux's request, sentencing him to life in prison.

"The court imposes a sentence that you spend a term of life in prison in state custody at the department of corrections," Judge James Tunison explained to Meheux.

Family of Jasmine Benjamin were very emotional during the proceedings today. At one point during closing arguments, Benjamin's mother left the courtroom.

After the trial was over, Benjamin's family declined to speak on camera.

Despite the emotional roller coaster of week this trial has brought for the family, they can now take solace in the fact that Jasmine's killer has been brought to justice.

Meheux's family also declined to be interviewed after the trial.

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