Michael Solid was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after serving 20 years.
Solid was convicted Wednesday of killing 15-year-old Marcos Arenas over an iPad in 2013. Jurors deliberated less than a day when they found him guilty, and for only an hour when it came to deciding his sentence.
During Thursday’s penalty phase of the trial, Solid made an emotional plea to the jury for leniency. It was the first time the court heard from Solid since the start of his trial last week. He never took the stand during the first phase of his trial.
While he was on the stand, he asked Marcos’ family for forgiveness.
“I’m begging you guys to look past how I’ve been portrayed to really consider giving me a second chance in life,” Solid said. “I’m begging you. It’s not easy.”
Solid broke down on the stand and said he cries for Marcos every night. He also told the jury he wants a second chance at life, and he promises to make positive contributions to society.
Solid said since he’s been behind bars he has tried to turn his life around. He says he’s even participated in educational programs.