The Union County man who stabbed and killed his neighbor will spend the rest of his life in prison.
A jury didn't buy his insanity defense and convicted him Thursday of first-degree murder.
"Just glad it's over with. (We'll) just put it behind us and go on with our lives," said James Blount, who walked away with his daughter, Trinity, who testified about the night she heard her mother, Yolanda Simon, scream and then found on the floor not breathing.
"Yolanda is a good person and I think justice has been served. Now the family can find some type of closure," family friend Brenda Hawkins said.
Trinity was just 6 years old when she lost her mother, but she painted a vivid picture of what happened that day and was the key to today's conviction.
"It's been a long journey. It's been three years but God is in control and we're happy with the verdict," Hawkins said.
The defense arguments were hard for Simon's family to hear during the trial.
Lamate Anderson's attorney showed nothing but compassion Thursday.
"It's a horrible case. It always was a horrible case. Trinity was brilliant. I feel for the young lady and am very sorry for her, sorry for their whole family," Andy Culler, the defense attorney, said.
Anderson expressed no such remorse in court.
"I have no hate in my heart for him," Hawkins said.
"It was really just out of my hands. I just had to pray over it and just let God handle it," Blount said.
Trinity, now 9, wrote about her mother and read it in court Thursday. She wrote, "My mom died on Feb. 28, 2010, and I miss her a lot. I wish she wouldn't have opened that door but she did. She was a nice person to others and she was a great mom to me and took care of me. We had a lot of fun. We would laugh together. I remember a lot of stuff we did."