Hilliard told Bloom he was sorry for what he had done.
"It wasn't planned," he said. "I just overreacted."
Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Fred Giggenbach disagreed, saying the shootings were part of an epidemic of drug-related violence in Charleston.
"This case is about drugs, guns and death," Giggenbach said. "This calls for the maximum sentence of 15 years."
Bloom told Hilliard that he had an illegal gun at the time of the shooting and showed extremely poor judgment that left someone dead.
"There are no innocents in this type of transaction," Bloom said. "We have an epidemic in this community of gun violence."
Bloom said "nothing but the maximum" sentence would be appropriate, and sentenced Hilliard to 15 years.
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