Jaime Tinoco, the man convicted of killing a Forest Grove woman in 2014, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Nicole Laube was stabbed to death in a Cedar Mill apartment complex. Tinoco, who was 17 at the time of the crime, was convicted of aggravated murder on Tuesday.
Laube's family took the stand Thursday in the penalty phase of Tinoco's murder trial.
"On August 19, 2014, our families were shattered," Laube's sister Chelsea Kaaumoana said.
Laube's husband explained how difficult it has been to tell his four children why they no longer have a mother.
"We had to tell her someone was so cruel in this world that they had to stab her because they wanted to see what it was like to stab someone," Chris Laube said.
He talked about how his son likes to sit by the window on airplanes in hopes of seeing his mom in heaven and how he didn't have a mother for the Mother's Day tea party.
Kaaumoana asked the jury to "make sure the defendant can never hurt another family" like he hurt theirs.
Several jurors as well as members of Tinoco's family were in tears in court Thursday.
Tinoco, now 20, did not face the death penalty because he was a minor at the time of the crime.
He is currently serving a 14-year sentence for raping a woman outside Autzen Stadium in Eugene about a month after he killed Laube.
The defense argued Tinoco, who they claim is an untreated schizophrenic, doesn't deserve a true life sentence. They believe he should be given the opportunity for parole if his behavior gets better with treatment.