SAN DIEGO - A man who killed professional surfer Emery Kauanui with a single punch was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in prison following a murder trial that captivated the seaside community of La Jolla.
Seth Cravens, 23, apologized to the victim's family and to his own family in a brief statement. Kauanui, 24, suffered the punch outside his mother's house on May 24, 2007.
"I'm really sorry for your guys' loss," Cravens said, turning in his chair to face Kauanui's mother and older brother.
Superior Court Judge John Einhorn said the death was "unforgivable" and sentenced Cravens to 15 years for second-degree murder and five years for an unrelated assault.
Cindy Kauanui choked with emotion as she recounted raising three boys on her own, first in Kauai, Hawaii, and later in Southern California after a hurricane damaged the island in 1992. Emery, the middle child, loved the ocean and was never embarrassed to show his mother affection.