Over a year and a half after Earl Bryant Jr. says he took the life of his friend Sanford Marzette, Bryant was sentenced.
Bryant has already pled guilty to the charge of second degree murder in the death of Marzette, who died as a result of head trauma obtained in a fight between the two men.
Judge John Truitt sentenced Bryant to 12 years in prison with no probation on Tuesday. Before the sentencing, Bryant's lawyer told the court he's completed many self-help programs in the Winnebago County Jail. He has also received certificates for courses in parenting, honesty, fairness and respect, and anger tools.
The state argued that Bryant has an extensive criminal history, dating back to 1986 when he was juvenile. He's faced aggravated and domestic battery charges in the last decade and prosecutors say a significant term spent in the Department of Corrections has been "earned."
Bryant also spoke. He said he was done drinking and knows he will have to live with this crime for the rest of his life.
Judge Truitt said Bryant's problems are two-fold: he has anger and substance abuse issues. Truitt was also "not impressed" by Bryant's six Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after a year and a half in jail.
Bryant received day-for-day credit, so he'll spend six years in prison, minus the 566 days he has already served.
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