David Stewart, Smalley's nephew, said after the hearing he didn't buy the argument that Hardaway shouldn't be held fully responsible because he was very drunk.
"No one poured those drinks in his mouth," Stewart said.
Stewart had told Hardaway during the hearing that he hoped Hardaway used his time in prison to become a better person.
"If you don’t, chances are after a few years of getting out, you will be right back here," Stewart said.
In May 2011, police were called to the apartment in the 17700 block of East Burnside Street by a neighbor who told officers she’d heard a woman screaming “no ...no” and what sounded like a beating for nearly 30 minutes before calling 9-1-1.
Police banged on the door for a few minutes before Hardaway, then 44, answered. An officer stepped inside to find Smalley, 58, unconscious with wounds to the head. She was lying on the floor beside a broken coffee table.
Smalley was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and underwent emergency brain surgery. She was pronounced dead eight days after the incident.
Hardaway was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 1997 for shooting and killing the Portland man. He served 14 years in prison, and had been released about one year before killing Smalley. Hardaway was charged with aggravated murder -- rather than just murder, which wouldn’t have made him eligible for the death penalty -- in Smalley’s death because of his previous manslaughter conviction.
During Thursday's sentencing hearing, Hardaway declined to make a statement when given a chance. Smalley's family -- including her two sons and three of her siblings -- described Smalley as someone who was always smiling, laughing and open-hearted.
Smalley's sister, Patricia Collins, said she believed Hardaway took advantage of her sister for free food and a place to stay. Hardaway was more than a decade younger than Smalley at the time of her death. Smalley also had asthma and emphysema, she said.
Smalley's family spoke of how Smalley had fallen head-over-heels for Hardaway. To love others, they said, was her nature.
"My own mom was in love with you and didn’t judge you for your past," said Michael Shields, one of Smalley's adult sons. "She wanted to spend the rest of her life with you.”