ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s been a long road for the family of teenager Jaydon Chavez-Silver.
Thursday, they finally got some closure as his killer learned he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars.
As the sentence came down, you could hear a sigh of relief from Jaydon’s family.
“Jaydon was beautiful inside and out,” said Lloyd Chavez, Jaydon’s grandfather.
One by one, family members pleaded for justice before the sentence was announced.
“When Jaydon died, a big part of me died with him,” Chavez said.
Through tears, they asked Judge Jacqueline Flores to give his killer, 19-year-old Esias Madrid a life sentence.
“The truth is the night of June 26, 2015, Esias Madrid killed my happiness, he took my other half,” Jaydon’s sister, Kennedy Chavez-Silver said.
On June 26, 2015, Jaydon Chavez-Silver was at a party in northeast Albuquerque, sitting in the kitchen, when he was shot and killed by a bullet fired into the house.
Thursday, Jaydon’s family packed the courtroom and through tears, they watched a slideshow of Jaydon’s photos.
Madrid was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury in October. Madrid, now 19-years-old, spoke to the courtroom before he was sentenced.
“I apologize for the tragedy that happened and that I wouldn’t wish this upon nobody but in all honesty, I’m not responsible for what happened in this case,” Madrid said.
Judge Flores tacked the life sentence onto the 16 years he is already serving for shooting and killing another teen after a dispute over beer pong.
“I’m extremely grateful to the judge today it was exactly what we all asked for,” said Jaydon’s mother Nicole Chavez-Lucero.
That happened six months after the Jaydon Chavez-Silver murder.