COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The father of a murder victim says he forgives the man who fatally shot his son last year at a central Ohio cemetery.

Prosecutors said 21-year-old Akeem Johnson was running away from a fight in June when Dasean Battle chased him on a bicycle and shot him down. A judge in Columbus sentenced Battle on Monday to life in prison with a chance for parole after 23 years.

The 21-year-old Battle had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated murder.

Investigators say Battle was angry with Johnson for flirting with his girlfriend online.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that Johnson's father, Claiborne Johnson, told Battle in court that he has forgiven him.

Battle's attorney said Battle made a "terrible decision" in shooting Johnson in a moment of rage.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,