Perkins sentenced to life in prison

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Nearly a year and a half after a jury convicted him of second degree murder, Bryce Perkins received his sentence.

Perkins will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing marine, Daniel Gueringer, at a party Fourth of July weekend in 2009.

Perkins stood with his hands cuffed in front of him as he told the court he'd do anything if he could take back what happened the night Gueringer was shot and killed.

Gueringer's mother Sandra Gueringer also addressed the court telling about the loss her family feels each day.

"Our family would like to thank our judicial system for bringing about justice today, for the taking of Daniel's life. Daniel was a very loving son, brother, family member," Sandra Gueringer said. "He had many friends that loved him. He was a very productive part of our society who would have gone on to do so many more things."

In sentencing Judge Ron Ware spoke of the tragedy and indescribable sadness suffered by all. Ware also talked about the presence of guns in our society saying it's an epidemic.

Perkins defense attorneys are expected to raise various legal issues on appeal.

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