Randal Ray Hunt sat at Mary Bovino's table for Thanksgiving dinner, just a few months before he stabbed her daughter to death.
He stood before Oklahoma County District Judge Twyla Mason Gray on Wednesday and was formally sentenced to die by lethal injection. Bovino watched the man she once entertained during the holidays shuffle away in shackles to spend his remaining days on death row.
She cheered when she left the courtroom.
"I'm so happy, I can't contain myself," Bovino said. "I wanted to jump up and down and scream. I'm glad he got the death penalty."
Hunt, 46, of Oklahoma City, was convicted of 1st-degree murder May 9. During the trial, he testified that he stabbed his girlfriend 10 times on Valentines Day 2004 but never intended to kill her.
The body of Wynona Reames, 30, was discovered by Bovino after Reames failed to show up for work and didn't answer phone calls.
The stabbing happened in an apartment at 4733 NW 23.
Hunt showed no emotion when the sentence was announced at his trial but grinned a bit Wednesday.
Bovino said the murder created a domino effect of tragedies for the family. Her other daughter committed suicide because she couldn't deal with Reames' death, and Bovino's son had a failed attempt to commit suicide. Bovino is fighting to gain custody of Reames' 5 children.