Edgar Samaniego, the man who shot and critically wounded a Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer after a Black Lives Matter demonstration nearly two years ago will spend at least 20 years in prison.

Samaniego, 21, pleaded guilty to shooting and paralyzing Officer Shay Mikalonis. Judge Carli Kierny gave the maximum sentence. Samaniego, 21, pleaded guilty.

Officer Mikalonis and his family were in the courtroom for the sentencing, KLAS reports.

His father told the court how the shooting changed his son's life. “Shay can’t talk, eat, swallow on his own, or breathe. He’s dependent on a ventilator. Without it, he would be dead.”