CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - There was an emotional message in court as a murder victim's sister spoke to his convicted killer at a sentencing hearing. She offered her forgiveness right away.
"We forgive you. We have to forgive you for ourselves and stuff so we can move forward and stuff," said Lynor Fort.
Keontay Miller will spend the rest of his life in prison after a life without parole sentence was handed down in Crisp County court by Judge Robert Chasteen.
A jury convicted Miller for killing Tellis Fort outside his home last May.
Fort said this sentence does not relieve the pain or emptiness the family feels, but she hopes that it represents the next step in healing.
Tellis Fort's sister read an emotional letter in court and asked the judge for that maximum sentence possible.
She said the pain since losing her brother on May 14th of last year has been unbearable.
"But today, I want to take a little bit of that back because y'all have already took so much and stuff so it's time for us to move forward," said Fort on the stand.
While she begged for the life sentence, she also shared a message of forgiveness and sympathy for Miller's mother.
She left Miller with another emotional statement.
"I also hope that you can somehow be rehabilitated and really understand the devastation that you've brought on our family and stuff.".
Miller was found guilty for killing Fort in a botched burglary outside his home on 12th Street. After the trial and hearing, the victim's sister addressed that life sentence.
"I feel a little bit relieved. I honestly do. Still feeling a little pain, but I really feel relieved," said Fort.
The prosecution shares that same sentiment.
"We're satisfied with that because of his prior convictions as well as this horrific murder of one of our good citizens here in Cordele," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Brad Rigby.
It's a citizen whose life will not be forgotten, and whose death won't go unpunished.
Miller was sentenced to an additional 10 years on weapons charges, and the DA said he faces another trial in a child molestation case.
His co-defendant, Conardo Dennard, pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison.