Scottsdale AZ Oct 26 2014 A U.S. Marine learned his punishment for stabbing a bouncer to death at a Scottsdale bar that has since shut down.
On Friday, a judge sentenced Ian MacDonald to 18 years in prison for killing Tyrice Thompson who was a former Arizona State University football player.
In court, MacDonald watched as the victim’s family and friends asked for the maximum sentence.
“My son lost his life because Ian lost control,” said Thompson’s mother, Nancy Taylor.
Thompson was a bouncer at Martini Ranch. He was stabbed to death while escorting MacDonald and his girlfriend out of the club.
In court, Thompson’s mother wore her son’s ASU jersey.
“As he replays the events from January 27th,” said Taylor, “I hope that he asks himself this question: why didn’t I just leave?”
MacDonald claimed self-defense. He was found guilty of manslaughter.
The former Marine was accused of leaving the scene and hiding evidence. His mother asked the court to be lenient.
“He also suffers from a very real affliction called PTSD,” said Susie MacDonald. ‘Prison is the worst place for him to be.”
Before sentencing, MacDonald brought up his time in the military.
“I just want to start by giving my absolute deepest condolences to the Thompson family. Sir, I have been in hell once before and if you were to send me there again, so be it, but I know I will make the court proud. My family and my friends proud as I serve my time and say Semper Fidelis to the country I have given my all to.”
As he handed down the sentence, the judge criticized MacDonald’s lack of remorse.
“It was nice that he said he was sorry, but what does his heart say? If he really was remorseful, then my brother would be here today,” said Torrie Thompson.
“What I want to say to those people who were lenient to him, shame on you and to those on the jury who didn’t see murder. Shame on you,” said Richard Thompson, the victim’s father.