GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI)- The courtroom was silent during the prosecutions' statements Thursday morning. That's when Chase Alianos parents took the stand. For the past year, the Steve Aliano and the rest of his family have struggled with the loss of their son.
"Well I mean it’s been a very trying time to say the least and without god, we would have never got through it," said Aliano.
A jury convicted William Abel of shooting and killing Aliano on this property. Police say he proceeded to burn his belongings, buried Aliano, and hid his vehicle.
Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw said it was an investigation that took nearly a year. It also included a week-and-a-half long jury trial.
"When chases family reached out, he lied to them. When members of his own family asked him about what had happened and why the vehicle was on the property, he lied to them," said Holtsclaw.
A jury recently found Abel guilty on all four charges against him. Thursday a judge sentenced him to a total of 80 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. The prosecution hopes this will give Alianos family peace.
"Nothing we can do as prosecutors, or the investigators or the judge can make the Aliano family whole again. We cant bring chase back. But in terms of handing down a punishment that will hold Mr. Abel accountable, I think this will," said Holtsclaw
During Thursday's hearing, Abel took the stand. Abel apologized to the Aliano family and his own.
He said that this is a price he is willing to pay. Now the Aliano family has to move forward without their son.
"I hope nobody ever has to experience what myself and my family have experience through this," said Steve Aliano.
The prosecution says Abel will have to serve a minimum of 59 years of his sentence depending on his behavior. Abel does plan to appeal the judge’s sentence.