STOCKTON, Calif. -- A Tracy, Calif., man was sentenced Monday to 18 years 8 months to life in state prison for torturing a teenage boy at his neighbors' home.
Anthony Waiters, 31, who was convicted in November, maintained his innocence Monday before San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Terrence Van Oss pronounced his sentence. He told the court he was innocent and that he has love and respect for "Mr. Kyle" and his family.
"I'm not a malevolent person," said Waiters, who told the court he had been dumbfounded by the verdict. "I believe I'm altruistic."