BEAUFORT (AP) — A Beaufort man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing a man in a restaurant last year.

A Beaufort County jury deliberated about an hour Thursday before finding Rajerick Lovell Knight guilty of murder in the death of Travis Sentell Holmes. Circuit Judge Craig Brown handed down the life sentence.

Before the sentence, Knight apologized to Holmes’ mother and asked Brown not to sentence him to life.

In closing statements, Knight’s attorney asked the jury to consider whether Knight shot Holmes for revenge or because he feared for his life and his family’s safety.

The defense tried to show that Holmes had a history of violence and had threatened Knight.