TAMPA (FOX 13) - A judge delayed announcing her decision until Friday for the sentence to be given a man convicted of killing a security guard last December.
Although he won't learn his fate until Friday, 19-year-old Larry Brown knows he may spend much of the rest of his life in jail.
Brown was convicted of killing security guard Michael Valentin. Prosecutors say Brown wanted Valentin's gun, so he shot him.
At a sentencing hearing Wednesday, Valentin's sister, Denise Sanchez didn't hold back.
"You, Larry, are a menace to society, and while we lawfully know you cannot be sentenced to life in jail, you deserve to spend the rest of your life locked away," Sanchez told Brown in front of the judge.
Prosecutors agreed, saying Brown was becoming a career criminal. Involved, they said, in burglaries and armed robberies that eventually led to murder.
Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Emily Lazarou diagnosed Brown with cognitive and anti-social disorders and said he was manipulative.
"I believe Larry used his youth to make people disarmed by him. In every one of these instances, he was riding a bicycle," said Lazarou.
Brown's attorney, however, said he had a rough childhood and few role models.
His mother, Nicole Bailey, was in and out of his life. She told the judge she was facing her own legal trouble, charged with punching her former girlfriend and tampering with witnesses in her son's case.
Sanchez said the explanations and excuses did not change the truth for Michael Valentin's family.
"You took my mother's first-born son, and uncle from my niece and my kids, and, most importantly, you took a father away from his son," said a tearful Sanchez.
The judge did not announce her sentence for Brown. She postponed her decision until Friday, April 22.