An Alabama man who shot and killed the 17-year-old brother of Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, the Anniston (Ala.) Star reported.
Jared Bailey, 25, of Anniston had faced a murder charge in the death of Broderick Taylor but was found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter, the newspaper reported. Bailey could have faced a minimum of 20 years in prison. A circuit county judge gave him the maximum sentence of life with the possibility of parole.
Taylor's mother, Sharonda Ball, testified during the sentencing hearing about how her son's death in October 2015 in Anniston still affects her family.
"Brod's death broke our hearts into a million pieces," she said, the Star reported. "You have given us restless days, sleepless nights. We're struggling to keep our sanity. This grief is unrelenting. We plead for justice."
Alexander played two days after his brother was killed, leading the Bucs to an overtime victory over the Falcons. He had an interception, forced and recovered a fumble, and finished with 11 tackles in an inspired, emotional game.
Alexander continues to be inspired by his brother. Over the summer, he got a tattoo over his entire back as a tribute to Taylor.
"All you wanted me to do is BALL," the tattoo reads, with Taylor shown with angel's wings looking down on his brother.