John Spooner is an old man and a convicted murderer.
He'll spend the rest of his life in prison.
His sentence isn't about revenge for the death of Darius Simmons. It's justice.
Here's video, from FOX6 News:
A Milwaukee County judge sentenced John Spooner on Monday, July 22nd to life in prison without the chance for parole.More video:
Spooner is the 76-year-old man found guilty of first degree intentional homicide in the death of Darius Simmons. A Milwaukee County jury reached a verdict in the second phase of the John Spooner murder trial Friday, July 19th. After less than 15 minutes, the jury ruled unanimously that Spooner did not suffer from a mental disease or defect when he shot and killed Simmons.
The mother of Simmons addressed the court on Monday with the help of her pastor.
“I have no hatred for this man. I will pray for him. I want him to be held accountable for what he did to my son, Darius Simmons,” said Patricia Larry.
But when Spooner spoke to the judge, what he said shocked many.
“I feel sorry for Darius. He had nobody that loved him enough to teach him to go straight,” said Spooner.
Spooner called the police who investigated his burglary crooked — and insisted the Larry children robbed him twice. Police said there was no evidence of that.
“They screwed up my life. Like I say, crooked cops didn’t help. But like the videos, how much can a guy take,” said Spooner.
...“May God forgive you, Ms. Larry, for your lying, cheating and stealing. Like I say, I don’t know if I did right or wrong. The jury didn’t tell me. Nobody told me if I did right or wrong. I’m going to wait till I meet my maker,” said Spooner.
Patricia Larry is conducting herself with such grace.
Spooner is conducting himself like the cold-blooded killer he is.
Life in prison without parole is the right sentence.