TAMPA — For killing a woman with a stray bullet during a nightclub brawl, Tyrone Lamont Grimes was sentenced to life in prison Friday.
Grimes, 28, maintained his innocence despite a jury guilty verdict.
He was convicted last month of second-degree murder for the October 2007 death of Karen Williams and attempted second-degree murder with a firearm for shooting during his fight with another man at the Fluid Lounge and Nightclub in Brandon.
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Anthony Black heeded Williams' family's request for a stiff sentence.
Williams, a 36-year-old mother of three, was shot in the face when she stepped inside the club during a concert to look for a friend.
Sabrina Taylor-Mitchell, her sister, said her family has forgiven Grimes but felt he had to face serious consequences for his actions.
"We think that it's just and fair," she said of the sentence.