LAFAYETTE — A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the January 2010 shooting death of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student.

Jose Luis Segura Jr., 46, was sentenced Wednesday. Segura initially was charged with second-degree murder in 22-year-old Allen Aucoin Jr.’s killing, but a jury in November convicted him of manslaughter.

At the hearing, Segura maintained his innocence, saying another man, known to him only as “Richard,” pulled the trigger.

He pleaded with state District Judge Patrick Michot for a new trial.

But Allen Aucoin Sr., the victim’s father, said authorities got the right man.

“There’s a hole in our lives that will never be fixed,” the father said. “My son’s gone. Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children.”

Aucoin’s body was found Jan. 10, 2010, in Beaver Park. He had been shot once in the upper torso, police said.

Aucoin’s family said he was working for Segura, who claimed he was a contractor, running errands and buying supplies.

But more than $4,000 in checks from Segura to Aucoin bounced, they said.

The two were to have met at Beaver Park to discuss the problem.

Michot denied Segura’s request and said Segura deserved the maximum sentence for robbing a young girl of her father. Aucoin’s daughter was 11 months old at the time of the shooting.

Segura, a convicted felon, was released on parole from a Texas prison in October 2008. His hometown was not immediately available.