BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Vincent Stone's family and friends can finally breathe their first sigh of relief after one of his killers was placed behind bars for life.
Daniel "DyNasty" Johnson received life in prison for the murder of Vincent Stone in Blytheville Wednesday.
Johnson was convicted of shooting and killing Stone last year after a basketball game.
Vincent's mother, Jamie Rainey, said she is happy to see some justice, but it still will not bring her son back.
"He is never coming back; he will never come back," Rainey said.
Rainey cannot understand why Johnson took her son's life.
"He took someone's life for nothing. My son did nothing. My son was a good son," Rainey said.
She said seeing her son's killer sentenced to life behind bars gave her some peace.
"Hearing that conviction, that guilty, that was the best feeling," Rainey said.
Rainey said the best part is not ever having to see Johnson again.
"That is now somebody I never have to walk past on the street, or worry my family will walk past," Rainey said.
Rainey said the past year without Vincent has been tough.
"I have to remind myself that he is not coming back and that is the hardest thing," she said.
Rainey said she left Chicago to get away from violence like this when a gang killed Vincent's father.
"We left to get away from that life and then to be killed like his father was, it is just sad," Rainey said.
Rainey said she made it through the past year with support from her family and Vincent's classmates, who are like her own kids.
"I have never seen a class so dedicated and loyal to a classmate," Rainey said.
Vincent's classmates rallied together to make sure his mom and family were okay.
"It brought a lot of our classmates close together and whenever Ms. Jamie needs one of us we are only a phone call away," Miesha Moore said.
The class helped set up a candlelight vigil and several fundraisers for the family.
"We wanted to make sure Ms. Jamie didn't have to worry about anything," Moore said.
Rainey said she cannot thank the classmates enough for their support and the prosecutors for getting justice.
Rainey is now working on reminding her daughter and Vincent's two sons who their brother and father was when he was alive.
"I am trying to teach her that this is forever, it is hard to teach a young kid that Bro Bro, that is what she called him, is never coming back," Rainey said.
Rainey said Vincent was an outgoing man who loved to joke around.
"He was a jokester, a big jokester," she said.
She also said he loved to play sports, especially basketball.
Most importantly though, Vincent loved to be around family.
"He was always family first, he was family first oriented, that was our motto in our family," Rainey said.
Anfernee Wells was also arrested in connection to Vincent Stone's murder.
The prosecutor told the family his trial will be sometime this summer.
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