So said Dusty Rhoads, the father of 25-year-old Joshua Rhoads, at Friday's sentencing of Nathan Medina. As Contra Costa Times reporter Malaika Fraley wrote, Medina was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing Joshua Rhoads in March 2008 when he broke into the Rhoads family home as part of a plan to take revenge on Joshua Rhoads' mother, Beverly Rhoads, for a lawsuit the Rhoads family had filed against Medina's stepfather.
Fraley, who covered the trial, reported that testimony showed that Medina planned to kill Beverly Rhoads. But Joshua and his mother barricaded themselves in a laundry room, with Joshua putting himself between his mother and the door, while Medina was on the other side, shooting through it. After breaking the door in two, Medina, according to Beverly Rhoads' testimony, reached into the laundry room and fatally shot her son at point blank range.
The source of Medina's anger was a dispute over an addition to the Rhoads' home built by Medina's stepfather and contractor, Tony Latteri.
While Joshua Rhoads' friends and family described the pain and loss that Medina had caused them, Medina's defense attorney Dirk Manoukian has told the Times that Medina's family "firmly believes in his innocence and plans to appeal the conviction."