Some people would call James Hocker a hero for killing the North College Hill man who was physically abusing his daughter.
But under Ohio law, the 55-year-old Westwood man went too far May 20 when he fatally shot Billy Washington.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Fred Nelson sentenced Hocker on Thursday to 10 years in prison on a charge of voluntary manslaughter.
"Every human life is entitled to respect and every person is entitled to proper protection," Nelson said.
"Was there a tumultuous relationship between his daughter and the victim?" said Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Kevin Hardman. "Yes, there was. But that does not, at least to some degree, forgive his criminal behavior.
"Mr. Hocker took a man's life. There were thousands of other options."
The sentence came after a hearing in which the victim was portrayed as the bad guy.
Cincinnati Police Detective Calvin Mathis, called by the defense to testify, called Washington, 38, of North College Hill, a monster. He testified that since Washington was released from prison in 2003, police had been to the home of Hocker's daughter, Sabrina Godfrey, at least 30 times.
"That's extremely high," Mathis said. "He was pretty violent, a very violent guy."
The calls never translated into criminal charges. Godfrey was too scared to press charges, Mathis said.
Hocker told Cincinnati police that on May 20 he was helping his daughter move from her Bond Hill home - she was headed to Tennessee to get away from Washington - when he and Washington got into an argument.
Hocker and Godfrey said Washington came at him with a knife, forcing him to shoot in self-defense.
But Cincinnati police said their investigation showed it couldn't have happened as Hocker said. Washington had trouble with his hand and could not have been holding a knife, according to prosecutor Hardman.
Hocker was initially charged with murder, but pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to a reduced charge voluntary manslaughter.