A jury convicted Darshae Dews of second degree murder last month for the stabbing death of Arthur Lopez last July.
The judge called it an unprovoked assault on a completely innocent individual. But because the jury found Dews "not guilty" of first degree murder, the harshest sentence she could give Dews was sixteen-years to life in prison.
Lopez's family was hoping for more prison time.
Fernando Cabrera said, "To know he would be available for parole hearing in 15, 16 years is just not right. You take somebody's life ... you should have to serve a life sentence or a death sentence."
Dews' attorney says his client has a mental illness. He says he's filing an appeal, but he won't be surprised if it's denied.