"People who hunt don't kill an animal like that," said Dee Dee Singleton, one of Taylor's aunts.
"Never will I forgive you, or anyone in your family," Singleton said, looking directly at Straughter. "This will be in you head for the rest of your life. That's going to be your punishment."
Cynthia Taylor, the victim's mother, said her pain over the loss of her son seems to be getting worse. "You took my baby boy, and I can't get him back," she told Straughter.
"I really can't say that I hate you," she said. "I can say that I hate what you did. I hate the demon inside you that made you do what you did."
Bailey said she had a tough time deciding on whether to offer Straughter a chance for parole. But she said Straughter had a lifelong history of crime, was a convicted felon in possession of guns the night that Taylor was killed, and left a rift in the community where the shooting occurred.
"I attended DuPont High School, right next door to this community," she said. "We have a situation where families have known each other for generations, forever, who stand divided now."
Bailey said Straughter not only killed Taylor, but dealt a blow to the local community.
"No rules of society have you been able to comply with," she said. She sentenced Straughter to life in prison without mercy, meaning he will have no chance of parole.
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