A white man who fatally shot his sister’s Black boyfriend in a confrontation at home was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for manslaughter on Monday.
Mark Cardilli Jr., 25, contended he shot Isahak Muse in self-defense during a confrontation that escalated early on March 16, 2019, after Muse refused to leave when asked by Cardilli’s parents.
Muse came to the house that night to spend time with his girlfriend, Chelsey Cardilli. Her older brother had recently moved home after serving five years in the U.S. Army. The fight started as a dispute over whether Muse could spend the night at the Cardilli home, and the entire family was involved in a verbal and physical altercation before the shooting.
“I wish the events of that night never happened,” Cardilli said Monday in court. “It was a tragedy for both of our families.”
Multiple speakers talked about the allegations of racial bias. Muse’s siblings repeatedly said he was not a threat to the Cardilli family.
“Why did he make the deliberate decision to aim and fire at a defenseless skinny Isahak?” Asha Muse said. “Murdering an unarmed Black kid and still pleading self-defense is a basic move. We have all seen that.”
Between sobs, Chelsey Cardilli told her brother that she would never forgive him.
“To you, Black lives don’t matter, and to be able to say that it had nothing to do with race is the privilege that you have,” she said.