By Melanie Posey
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - One of three men charged with killing UAB student Kayla Fanaei was sentenced in Jefferson County Circuit Court Friday morning. Judge Theresa Pulliam sentenced 21-year old Maurice McCarty to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
It was in the early morning hours of October 8, 2007 when Kayla Fanaei, a UAB Psychology student, was killed while she sitting in her car at a Glen Iris Elementary. Three men were charged with capital murder, including McCarty.
He was tried three times before being found guilty of felony murder in May.
After the sentencing, Fanaei's mother told reporters she was pleased with the results. "Even before we knew who was involved in her death, I always prayed for what the outcome was and we got it and I'm very grateful," Robin Fanaei Groom said.
Defense Attorney Emory Anthony said he had asked the judge for his client to receive a lighter sentence of 25 years. "She made the decision it should be a life sentence with parole so we believe she did what she thinks is right as a judge," Emory continued.
McCarty's sentencing means two of three defendants have now gone through the process.
Gregory Hill pleaded guilty to the crime last year. The third defendant, Alfred Marina, will be tried later this year. But even with Friday's sentence, Fanaei's mother says it does not bring closure. "I think I held out thinking that a verdict, I think I got it confused with her coming back and I expected all of this relief," Fanaei-Groom said fighting tears. "But she's not coming back. And there's not closure to that."