ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former West High School choir teacher Christopher More was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday for two counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
Thirteen of those years are suspended, meaning he'll serve 12 years.
Prior to his sentence, the 30-year-old convicted of having sexual relations with two of his students at West High School spoke to Judge Philip Volland in front of a standing-room-only courtroom.
"I ask you to please, please have mercy and leniency on my sentencing," More said, pausing several times during his message to wipe away tears.
"From the bottom of my heart, I'm so very sorry," More said.
He apologized to his choir students who he said looked up to him. He also apologized to his co-workers throughout the Anchorage school district, saying "my behavior was my own," and not reflective of ASD standards.