Published: May 09, 2013 12:12 PM EDT
Updated: May 09, 2013 12:57 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Daniel Ventura will spend 16 years in prison for killing a man back in 2010. Ventura pleaded no contest this morning to manslaughter with a firearm for beating and strangling Larrick Sikes.

Sikes' family says the two men were friends at one point.

Before the case went to trial, another murder defendant, Brian Casey, came forward saying he hired Ventura to commit the murder.