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Jovany Ortiz sentenced to 40 years for 2015 murder outside of downtown West Palm Beach Karaoke bar

Posted at 7:19 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 19:19:21-04

The man who shot and killed a father outside a West Palm Beach bar learned his fate Friday. 

A judge sentenced 29-year-old Jovany Ortiz to 40 years in prison on a 2nd degree murder charge.

Back in 2015, investigators say he shot and killed 24-year-old Devin Weingarth outside the former Shout Karaoke Bar in Downtown West Palm. 

Before the sentencing, Ortiz addressed Weingarth’s family.

“What happened I can't take back. And because of the fact that someone died, I'm apologizing. Devin's family...I'm deeply sorry for your loss.”

Weingarth's sister also had some emotional words for Ortiz. 

“I hate you, your family, and all of you are pathetic cowards, and I hope you never see the light of day again. Also, as long as I'm alive, and his girls are alive too, I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that you never get paroled.”

Ortiz was also found guilty of attempted manslaughter after a bullet he fired that night hit another man. 

That brought a 15-year sentence, which will run concurrently with the 2nd degree murder charge.