BRUNSWICK, Ga. —
West left the courthouse Thursday without comment after sentencing. On the witness stand, she told the judge he deserved "a life in prison."
"The love of my life was taken away, far away," West said. "All I can do is cry and wonder when I'm going to die."
Police recovered a .22-caliber revolver from a pond, and prosecutors said it matched the gun used in the killing.
Lang also faces murder charges. No trial date has been set and it's unknown how his cooperation in the Elkins prosecution might affect his case.
Elkins' mother, Karimah Elkins, stood trial alongside him and was convicted of evidence tampering for helping dispose of the gun. Elkins' sister and aunt have also been charged with trying to help him avoid prosecution.
Elkins' never testified at his two-week trial in August. But his defense attorneys argued police rushed to build a case against Elkins without considering other possible suspects. They even suggested the slain child's own parents may have been the real killers.