Jordan Brown has been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 24 years for the murder of Jordan Davies.
Jordan Davies was stabbed to death near Iceland on Holton Road in Barry, nine days before Christmas in front of a busy street of shoppers.
Brown, 25 of Holton Road denied murder, with sentencing taking place at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday morning.
Jordan Davies family have released the following statement: “Jordan was a quiet, shy man who would rather sit and listen rather than take the lead.
"We would like to say a massive thank you to South Wales Police, to all the legal team involved with this case, to the jury we would like to thank you for coming to the right decision."
"To all witnesses who took their time to give evidence, To all friends and family who have supported our family throughout this tough time.”
Following sentencing Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Matt Powell said: “This concludes a South Wales Police Major Crime Investigation into the murder of Jordan Davies which took place in Holton Road, Barry."
“Following a confrontation in the street with his then friend, Jordan Brown, he was stabbed three times with one fatal wound to his chest
“Mr Davies collapsed and Brown fled from the scene, discarding his clothes in a nearby lane.
“Despite the best efforts of members of the public and extensive medical treatment by medical professionals who attended the scene, Mr Davies sadly did not survive.
“Jordan Davies’ family have shown tremendous courage and dignity. They have waited patiently due to delays brought about by the current pandemic to see justice delivered.
“We hope the outcome at Cardiff Crown Court can go some way in helping them to recover from this tragedy.
“This tragic case yet again highlights the devastating and far-reaching consequences of knife crime.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of loved ones reporting their concerns if they suspect someone they know is carrying a knife or involved in knife crime.
“Speaking out could, quite simply, save a life.”