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Jonathan Bun sentenced to life without parole

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -

A teenager convicted of shooting and killing a Clayton County deputy will spend the rest of his life in prison. Jonathan Bun was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for the 2011 shooting death of Deputy Rick Daly.

Bun showed little emotion, even falling asleep at times.  Judge Deborah Benefield scolded Bun for his courtroom behavior before sentencing him to life in prison without parole plus 70 years.

"This is not a time to wring our hands, and wish it weren't so. This is a time to take a stand and say no more. Not here, not now, not on my watch," said Judge Deborah Benefield.

Bun did apologize to the Daly family during Thursday's hearing.  

Both Daly's wife and daughter took the stand during the hearing.

"Jonathan Bun has taken away our life. Because [Deputy Daly] was a part of me. He was part of my children, our grandchildren," said Cheryl Daly, the deputy's widow.

Family members described Daly as, truly an extraordinary man, a loving father and grandfather, and a longtime Clayton County deputy.

At the time he was shot and killed, Deputy Daly was trying to help arrest Bun, who was wanted for robbery.

Bun was 18 when the guilty verdict was read in court. Originally, the state wanted to seek the death penalty, but they couldn't because Bun was too young.

The Daly family was adamant about what should happen to the man who shot him two times at point blank range.

"I do believe, that no matter what his age is, that he deserves the maximum sentence the court can give," said Daly's daughter, Amber Wright.

Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson did not take part in prosecuting Bun, because she's known him since he was 10. She was a juvenile court judge at the time he was arrested for bringing a knife to school.

At Thursday's sentencing, Lawson testified that Bun was arrested nine more times by age 15.

"We had tried everything in the universe to get this young man to be treated and rehabilitated, and you can't change this young man, I'm convinced of it," said Lawson.

Bun's sentencing had been delayed, due in part to a Supreme Court ruling outlawing life without parole sentences for underage offenders. Despite that ruling, FOX 5's Chris Shaw reported that Judge Benefield has ruled that Bun was eligible to be sentenced to life in prison without parole, even though Bun was 17 at the time of the shooting. Benefield said that Georgia law gave her the power to make the decision.

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