Shawn Wilson, 27, continued to proclaim his innocence, but family members of victim Daniel Jaffke, 30, said Wilson snuffed out the life of a talented musician, good Samaritan and an all-around good person.
During Friday's sentencing, Jaffke's father asked the judge to throw the book at his son’s killer.
"I asked for the maximum. I made the statement in there. It’s a good thing it wasn't in Texas, it would have been a different outcome," Thomas Jaffke said.
Jaffke was gunned down and robbed after he delivered a pizza to a customer at the Capital Place Apartments on Jan. 31.
Wilson's possible sentence ranged anywhere from 45 to 79 years for Jaffke's killing.
Even though Wilson maintained his innocence, the judge was not dissuaded from sentencing him to 65 years in prison.
Jaffke's mother lamented her loss.
"Daniel will always be my baby. He got ripped out of my arms. Shot through the heart, left next to a dumpster, in the snow on a bitter-cold January night left there to die," Donna Jaffke said.
What will not die is Jaffke's music. His mother intends to send Wilson a copy of her son's music while he is in prison.
"I want him to know every aspect of what he did. I want him to feel every ounce of pain we've had to deal with," Donna Jaffke said.
Donna Jaffke said her son had given his two-weeks’ notice to Papa John’s, but she said he just didn't quit soon enough.
Wilson, who turns 28 on Saturday, said he will appeal the conviction and the sentencing.