LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a homicide victim offers forgiveness to the defendant accepting a plea deal.

Kenneth Pope, 25, pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter in exchange for a 25-year sentence. Pope gunned down Tyron Jones after a dispute on the Fourth of July in 2015 in Beecher Terrace. Authorities originally charged Pope with murder -- a charge amended to manslaughter in the plea agreement.

Jones' sister spoke in the courtroom, thanking Pope for helping her see bigger things in life.

"I'm glad you stepped up as a man. I thank you. I thank you tremendously. Since that day, God has stepped up in my life so major. Every time I want to hate you, he does something so major, so powerful. I have blessings on top of blessings."

Jones' sister says she hopes Pope finds God in jail and finds his purpose in life.

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