BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Jeff Pennington worked a Brunswick Pizza Hut. He was closing up after work one night in 2009, when he was shot and killed in a robbery attempt.
Police caught his killer. The killer had his day in court. But the Pennington family feels the punishment doesn't fit the crime.
James Fuller was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for shooting and killing Pennington, who was a 36-year-old husband and father.
Action News spoke with his sister-in-law Krissy Pennington, who said of Jeff, "He was religious, hard working. He was a family man. And I think that's why it's so tragic, because he was so young and he had his life ahead of him."
Pennington's family says they are disappointed with the sentence. Fuller wasn't charged with murder. Instead, he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, attempted robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
"The bottom line is that Jeff was just an innocent person. He was just leaving work. He didn't even have any money. And he was just murdered in cold blood," she said.
Pennington left behind a wife, a son, three step children and a family who believes Fuller got away with murder.
Krissy Pennington said, "Really, the only acceptable sentence for a murderer is the death penalty."
The Pennington family feels the prosecution did all it could, but they say they have lost some faith in the justice system.
Making this story even more tragic, is Pennington's wife died shortly after his murder of a heart attack.