At the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday, the killers of the likeable South African were told that they would serve a minimum of 30 years.
Paida Fish, Chris Moyo and Samuel Mabena we’re given 18 years for the murder of Sanders with 19 years added for armed robbery and a further six for unlicensed firearms and ammunition offences.
The concurrent sentences mean the trio will not see freedom until at least 2045.
Sanders, 46, was shot in September 2012 during an armed robbery in the midst of celebrating his nephew’s 21st birthday party and passed away the next day to the shock of the boxing world and beyond.
Subsequent reports from the scene stated that Sanders was attempting to protect his daughter from gunfire when he was hit.
Defeating Wladimir Klitschko in a stunning knockout will be the lasting memory of Sanders’ time in the sport, although the bravery shown by the former boxer in the final hours of his life is a testament to a gentle giant who put his family first at his most dangerous hour.