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Police said Hawkins had not been specific about racial taunts or what made him feel threatened. The lead investigator testified that he thought the case could fall anywhere between self-defense and murder.

Several Massie family members spoke during sentencing and said Hawkins did not appear remorseful.

After the trail, weeping family members comforted each other and reassured each other that their testimony had not been in vain.

In issuing her sentence, the judge chastised Hawkins for misconstruing Massie’s actions and reacting in the wrong way.

“He could have avoided this,” Adair said. “He overreacted, and it’s just a horrible tragedy.”

Hawkins remained impassive as the sentence was read, and bowed his head as he was handcuffed and led away.