"The judge denied probation," he announced.
"I feel very bad for his family," Assil said. "I feel bad for everyone."
The text messages from the courtroom came fast and contradicted one another. But finally, the doors opened and the sentencing decision was relayed. Inside, a friend of Garrison wept and wiped her eyes.
"That's a lot," Assil said of the sentence. "But he deserves more."
In the sunshine outside the courthouse, Michelle Ohana clutched the arm of her boyfriend as she gazed at the crush of media, her wide eyes rimmed in black liner. "I'm just happy he got what he deserved," the El Camino High School junior said softly.
While Garrison was "a little hopeful" he would get less time, Braun said, the actor was philosophical about it. "He said to me, 'Look, there was an accident. Someone's dead. I'm alive. I'm the lucky one.' "