A 68-year-old Saskatoon man has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the fatal 2008 shooting of the son of his common-law wife.

Tapio Lindholm entered the plea in Queen's Bench court Tuesday morning.

He had been charged with murder in the death of Danny Cook, 27, the son of Lindholm's common-law wife at the time, Gloria Cook.

In court, Lindholm said he was sorry for all the lives he destroyed.

According to a statement of facts read in court, Lindholm had been living in a house on the east side of Saskatoon with Gloria Cook and her adult children in March 2008.

But shortly before the shooting, the couple became estranged, and on the morning of March 28, 2008, Lindholm was drinking heavily. He intended to kill himself in front of Gloria Cook, using an unregistered handgun that he owned. Instead, he ended up fighting with Danny Cook.

Cook was shot once in the face and died at the house.

Outside of court on Tuesday, Gloria Cook spoke only briefly.

"May God forgive him because, I don't know, I don't think I can," she said. "I just can't say no more."