HYDEN, Ky (WYMT) - The father of a murdered Leslie County man said he and his family are one step closer to the end of a nightmare after one of the five men involved in his son's death was sentenced to jail time Wednesday.
Back in 2010, Norman Adams was found dead and five men were charged in connection to his murder.
One of the men, Harold Pennington, has since been found not guilty.
Police said Adams was beat to death and that the men tried to make it look like an ATV accident.
Fast forward three years and one of those men, Millard Miniard, was in court Wednesday morning.
Silas Adams was in the court room when the judge made the announcement.
He said it was good to see justice for his son, Norman.
"He stood alone and he is going to stand alone probably the rest of his life because he destroyed a friend, the only one that could be a friend," said Adams.
Miniard entered an alford plea to manslaughter charges earlier this year.
That means he pleaded guilty to the charges due to mounting evidence against him without admitting guilt.
The deal meant he would serve 12 years in prison.
In court on Wednesday, he initially tried to revoke that plea, but Judge Oscar House denied the motion.
Miniard's attorney Justin Noble said they do not think the commonwealth has a strong case against his client.
"Millard has always maintained his innocence in this. We have always maintained his innocence," said Noble.
But for Adams' family, they said they know the truth.
They say Miniard is guilty and will pay later.
"He is going to have to face a judge that is beyond human. He is facing a spiritual judge that will judge him someday," said Adams.
The family of Norman Adams said this is an ordeal that has stretched years and they are happy to see it end.
"It is a relief in the sense of the way. The sentence probably should have been a lot worse but it did not work out that way," said Adams.
One of Adams' sisters, Debra, made a statement before Miniard where she talked about the pain he has caused her family.
"I am proud of my daughters and my son, both of them," said Adams.
Noble said an innocent man should not spend a day behind bars and that they are considering filing an appeal against the judge's decision.