At his sentencing hearing Monday, April 22, 25-year-old Daniel Porter of Jackson told the widow of Jerry Perdomo, "I'm beyond sorry."

"I am the man who took your children's father from them," Porter told Tonya Perdomo, who was seated with relatives of her late husband.

Porter pleaded guilty to a charge of Class A manslaughter earlier this month in connection with the shooting death of the 32-year-old Perdomo, and Monday morning at Waldo County Superior Court, Justice Robert A. Murray imposed a sentence of 30 years with all but 16 years suspended. Porter will also be subject to four years' probation upon his release, during which time he will be barred from using or possessing alcohol or drugs, will be subject to random searches and testing for the same, and undergo drug and alcohol counseling. Porter will not be permitted to have any contact with Perdomo's family, and he must also forfeit the gun that was used to kill Perdomo.

Earlier in the hearing, Murray addressed the issue of restitution, at which time Porter told the judge he would pay the $11,694.50 Perdomo's family paid to have Perdomo's body transported back to Florida and to cover the funeral costs.

"I feel it is my responsibility to take care of that burden," Porter told the judge.

There were at least 80 people seated in the courtroom for Porter's hearing, a crowd that included many of Porter's relatives and friends, as well as a number of Perdomo's relatives, some of whom addressed the court Monday.

One of those who spoke on behalf of Perdomo was his widow, Tonya.

When Tonya approached the lectern, she addressed Porter directly.

"I want you to look at me," she told Porter.

Tonya said she met her late husband when they were both in high school, and that they moved in together and married a short while later. In addition to the impact Perdomo's death has had on her as his wife, she also spoke to how her 11-year-old daughter and her 4-year-old son are coping with the loss of their father.

Their son, she said, knows his father is with God.

"He says he wants to go see him, that he wants to go to God too," she said tearfully.

Several more of Perdomo's relatives addressed the court, including a sister, a stepsister and his mother, Gladys Diaz, and Perdomo's stepfather, Carlos Diaz.

Carlos Diaz read a statement on behalf of his wife, who was too emotional to speak herself.

Porter's mother, Debra Porter, immediately expressed her condolences to the Perdomo family when she approached the lectern, and later during a break, she approached Perdomo's mother and the two women embraced one another and wept.

Debra Porter spoke of what a good son Daniel Porter had always been to her, noting one occasion when he stopped her as she was attempting to carry a 40-pound container of cat litter into her home. At that time her son told her, "Stock up on the heavy things you need when I come visiting, mother, and you'll never have to carry them again."

Many of Porter's friends and relatives described him in the same way: a man who would "give the shirt off his back" to anyone in need, and who had been known to stop on the roadside on a rainy night to help a stranded motorist to change a tire whether he knew them or not.

At the time of Porter's arrest Feb. 28 of last year, police described the circumstances of Perdomo's death as a drug deal that had gone wrong.

When Porter made his initial court appearance March 2, 2012, he pleaded not guilty. However, Porter's attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein said, after reviewing all of the evidence, he and Porter believed there was high likelihood that going to a jury trial would result in an outcome similar to the plea deal. Silverstein said Porter also wanted to spare his family and the Perdomos the stress of a jury trial.

According to previously published reports, Porter is accused of shooting and killing Perdomo during an argument in which Perdomo allegedly made threatening comments regarding Porter’s girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak, and her child. Police say the shooting occurred at a Jackson residence belonging to Porter's father.

During Porter’s initial court appearance, Maine State Police Detective Brian Strout, who was the lead investigator in the case, testified that Nowak met Perdomo at Dyshart’s in Hermon at Porter’s request, and that Perdomo then followed her to a Hadley Mill Road residence in Jackson to meet Porter.

Prior to that meeting, Lisa Gould of Bangor told police that Perdomo, with whom she had a romantic relationship, took a Glock .45-caliber handgun, his wallet and two cell phones to meet someone who owed him money, according to previously published reports.

Court documents indicate Perdomo was meeting with Porter to discuss a $3,000 debt.