By: Christine Souders
He stabbed a man 12 times and left him for dead.
A chapter in this brutal murder case comes to a close.
CBS 4 News was in the courtroom Friday afternoon.
The judge called this case one of the most unique of his career.
Despite the brutal killing, he sentenced 21-year-old Ryan Mosher to 10 years for 2nd degree murder, a lighter punishment than what usually comes with this kind of crime.
A little over 2 months ago, Mosher admitted to stabbing 51-year-old Alan Porter 12 times last summer, and then dragging his body to the banks of the Mississippi River, but during his sentencing hearing, Mosher's Attorney painted his client not as a killer, but as someone who had faced years of abuse and wasn't going to take it anymore.
"His lifetime of negative experiences having to do with being persecuted for his sexual orientation had ultimately culminated in this unfortunate event," said Nate Nieman, Mosher's Lawyer.
Porter's 19-year-old son was in the courtroom, as Mosher testified why he snapped.
Mosher said Porter called him a derogatory name about his sexuality and lunged, and Mosher reacted, but the prosecution said it's no excuse for murder.
"I'm disappointed that the court chose to pose 10 years." "I thought 20 years would have been fair given the circumstances," said Assistant State's Attorney Norma Kauzalarich.
The judge described both men as ticking time bombs who collided at the wrong time.
In the end, the judge showed mercy.
"Mr. Mosher will still have a chance to live a full life after he serves the remainder of his sentence, and I think that was pretty fair," said Nieman.
"It doesn't matter really what the sentence ends up being, that loved person is still gone," Kauzalarich said.
Mosher only has to serve half of his sentence, meaning he could get out in about 5 years.
The victim's family chose not to comment about the outcome.