The man who stabbed teenager Maaka Hakiwai and his brother after an attempt by hits mates to steal a cap will spend no less than nine-and-a-half years behind bars.
Josh Horton - who was 18 at the time - was found not guilty of murder by a Melbourne jury in a verdict that disgusted the devastated family of the boys.
Maternal grandfather of the slain teenager Allan Priester said he would never accept Horton had committed any crime less than cold blooded murder.
Joshua Horton pleaded not guilty to murder and instead was sentenced on Friday for manslaughterInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Makaa’s basketball top after being stabbed to death on Grand Final Day 2019
Maaka Hakiwai (right), 17, was killed and his 'best friend' brother Nate (left) was left fighting for life
Maaka Hakiwai likely never knew what hit him.
The 17-year old had been held in a headlock when his killer, Joshua Horton, speared him from behind with an upward thrust of his blade.
The knife penetrated his liver before slicing through his aorta - the largest artery in the human body.
Maaka managed to stagger about 10 metres down the road before he bled out on the footpath.
Moments earlier he had been waiting for a bus with his older brother Nate, who was stabbed twice in the leg by Horton just seconds after he killed his brother.
Nate had tried to kick out at his attacker, but instead copped two stab wounds to the upper thigh, severing a major artery in his leg.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
He was lucky not to have bled out too.
The whole bloody affair had taken just 16 seconds.
'We all have choices in life and I'm sure the offender knows the difference between right and wrong and good and evil. He made a choice that day, he chose evil,' he said.
'It was his choice and he chose to murder our youngest grandchild Maaka and seriously injure Nathaniel. It was brutal, grotesquely violent attack upon two innocent boys. And they call that manslaughter.'
Horton was sentenced on Friday on the lesser charge of manslaughter to a total of thirteen-and-a-half years - which includes two-and-a-half years of a seven year sentence for stabbing Maaka's brother.
In March, the jury found Horton guilty of the manslaughter of Maaka and intentionally causing serious injury to his older brother.
In coming to their verdict, the jury found that Horton must not have known his two mates - Chol Kur, 21, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named due to his age - had tried to rob the boys.
Prosecutors had hit Horton with not one, but two counts of murder in the hope of securing a conviction.
The second count had acted as an alternative that would have allowed the jury to find Horton guilty if they accepted he knew about the plan to rob the pair.
The jury had heard the youths had been cruising about town looking to 'drill' someone, when they spotted the brothers waiting for the bus.
Horton had been seated directly between his two younger mates when they had the conversation about robbing the pair.
Horton's barrister Sam Norton had argued his client only intervened when he saw his mate go to ground.
He told the jury Horton had expressed remorse for the stabbings and had asked a friend 'which one' when he was told one of the boys had died.
Maaka Hakiwai (right), 17, was killed and his 'best friend' brother Nate (left) were ambushed while waiting for a bus
Hundreds gathered to farewell Maaka after he was stabbed to death while waiting for a bus with his brother Nate
Moments from tragedy. The Hakiwai brothers walk to the bus stop where they would be attacked over the baseball cap Nathaniel was wearing
Had the jury been told about Horton's 'proven track record' of violent criminal history the jury may well have