Spooner shows no remorse at sentencing
MILWAUKEE - John Spooner has been sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole, in the murder of his 13-year-old neighbor Darius Simmons.
"You did wrong when you took the life of a child," Judge Wagner said during sentencing. "No parent should have to go through that. No community should put up with that."
Spooner showed no remorse during his remarks in front of the judge at Monday's hearing, criticizing the victim's mother, Patricia Larry.
"Mrs. Larry, she knew those kids were going to rob my house," Spooner said. "May God forgive you, Mrs. Larry, for your lying and cheating and stealing. Like I say, I don't know if I did right or wrong."
Larry also spoke at the sentencing.
"My pain is so great," she said. "We should put the guns down. No mother should have to go through this."
A jury not only found him guilty of killing Simmons, but also found that he was sane at the time.
The jury spent a week hearing evidence including surveillance video from Spooner's own home. That video shows Spooner shooting Simmons.
Jurors also heard Spooner's interview with police where he admitted to killing the teen.
Spooner believed Simmons stole guns from his home - but that was never proven.
Patricia Larry says justice has been served.
"I want to thank God and Mr. Williams. He did a wonderful job," said Larry.
Larry is also suing Spooner in a civil case.