At the sentencing hearing in Pomona, Judge Thomas C. Falls allowed Hoffman's mother the chance to give a statement.
Hoffman's mother, Gennifer, described her son as a kind and loving person and said that he had a bond with the child even though he was not his biological father.
"Stephen was a wonderful father to Kye," she said.
Various family members, including the child's biological father, the child's grandparents and his mother also spoke.
Kimberly Payne, the child's maternal grandmother, held up a photo of the smiling child, whom she referred to as her "little peanut."
"This was Kye on his first birthday and this is unfortunately what we will never see again," she said through tears.
Jazmin Payne, the child's mother, said she recently celebrated what would have been the toddler's fourth birthday with her younger daughter at
"He should be here," she said.