However, after only about an hour of deliberation, the jury couldn’t decide on a sentence, so in accordance with the law, 56th Circuit C.A. Woodall III decided a sentence himself, rendering a sentence of 25 years. According to statute, Wisdom will be eligible for parole in 20 years. He will be formally sentenced at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8.
“Any killing is a double tragedy, particularly where it involves young people on both sides, Mr. Jones’ family will suffer for the rest of their lives for his loss, and Mr. Wisdom’s family will suffer for the rest of their lives, as will he, for his actions,” said Woodall. “So there’s no winner in a situation like this.”
Wisdom’s defense attorney Keith Virgin said they will appeal the verdict. He had also filed a motion for a mistrial after the jury couldn’t decide on a verdict, but Woodall denied that motion, saying he didn’t want to call another jury.
The jury had the options of finding Wisdom not guilty, guilty of murder, guilty of second-degree manslaughter or reckless homicide. They found him guilty of murder, indicating that they thought the shooting was intentional. He could have been sentenced from 20 – 50 years or life.
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