The verdict came nearly four years after Lyle was accused of killing a man in a traffic accident by striking him.
The punishment was given two months after Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez denied the actor’s plea for a new trial and upheld the jury’s guilty verdict.
The 36-year-old Mexican telenovela star who starred in “Yankee,” a Netflix crime series, received a 15-year prison term as the highest possible. The judge also ordered eight years of probation, conflict resolution management and 500 hours of community service for the actor.
The actor has 30 days to appeal the sentence.
Dressed in a red jail uniform, Lyle looked calm and expressed repentance during the more than three-hour hearing. He has been detained since his Oct. 4 conviction.
“I am very sorry,” Lyle said in Spanish, looking at some of the members of Hernández family who were in the court room, among them his son. “I always pray for him and for you, with all my heart.”
After a week-long trial, a six-member jury convicted Lyle of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Juan Ricardo Hernández, 63.
Hernández, who was unarmed, suffered a traumatic brain injury and died four days later while hospitalized.
Lyle’s lawyers argued that he acted in self-defense. They also said that there were inconsistencies in the evidence during the trial.