A California man was angry an elderly veteran grabbed his girlfriend, so he decided to torture and kill the man who fought for the country.
Now, the sadistic killer will remain behind bars for the rest of his life.
Recently, Nevada County Superior Court Judge Robert Tice-Raskin handed Sean Bryant, 56, a life term in prison without the possibility of parole for the brutal death of 70-year-old Stanley Norman. Bryant was found guilty by a jury of first-degree murder.
“I feel like it is just and it is well deserved. What Sean Bryant did to Stan Norman, no human being should ever have to endure. Ultimately, he will pay with the rest of his life spent in prison,” said Interim Assistant District Attorney Cambria Lisonbee, according to The Union.
On April 18, 2018, Norman’s family reported the victim missing to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department in California. According to investigators, Bryant had been angry at the victim after the Vietnam veteran who was under the influence of alcohol, grabbed his girlfriend and made inappropriate remarks about his girlfriend and her daughters at a Cascade Shores, California, home.
As a result, Bryant shot the victim with a crossbow and a paintball gun filled with marbles, reported KNCO.
Later, Bryant’s co-defendant Michael McCauley, 45, came to the residence at the defendant’s request. Upon his arrival, Bryant threatened McCauley to assist in assaulting Norman, which led to his demise. Then, the duo burnt the victim’s body.
Three weeks later, authorities found Norman’s Hummer H2 abandoned in a rural area of the county.
After the trial, Mccauley was found guilty and convicted of involuntary manslaughter and was acquitted of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter charges.
Bryant, who initially declined to speak during the victim’s impact statement, changed his mind and apologized to Norman’s family. He admitted his role and took responsibility for not protecting the victim.
In turn, Norman’s family expressed relief for the case coming to a close. The victim and two other siblings served in the military.
McCauley is set to be sentenced on Aug. 26 and will face a maximum sentence of 4 years in prison.