LYNCHBURG, Va. — A Lynchburg man could spend the next 31 years in prison for killing a former classmate. That's the sentence recommended by the jury who convicted Gregory Kittrell of second degree murder Thursday.
He killed Heritage High School classmate, Brian Patterson. Kittrell says he shot Patterson in self defense during an argument.
The victim's family says they're satisfied with the jury's recommendation even though it's not the maximum sentence.
"The 19th is coming up," said Sophia Johnson, Patterson's grandmother. "That's when it's going to be hard, because that's when he died."
Patterson was shot and killed February 19, 2011, during a party at Lynchburg's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.
Kittrell pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired five shots, hitting and killing Patterson.
"I miss him a lot," Johnson said of her grandson. "His face, his smile, everything."
Patterson was taking time off from college when he died. He'd been playing football at West Virginia Tech.