CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Ryan Deleston was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Marley Lion.
The jury rendered its verdict after two hours of deliberation on Friday. Lion's mother, Elizabeth Paige, addressed the courtroom just before the sentencing and asked that Deleston be punished with the maximum sentence.
She says throughout the weeklong trial, there were a few times she thought Deleston might not be convicted.
Deleston was also found guilty of attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a violent crime and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Prosecutors called 30 witnesses during the trial, while the defense called none. Deleston did not testify.