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Life in prison for man who killed young neighbor

MILWAUKEE (WXOW) -- Monday afternoon, 76-year-old John Spooner, the Milwaukee man who shot and killed his teenage neighbor, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Spooner accused the boy of burglary after some of his shotguns were stolen during a break-in at his home just two days before the shooting. After a search of the young teen's home, the weapons were not found.

Last week, Spooner was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. He acknowledged shooting 13-year-old Darius Simmons in the chest last year while the teen's mother watched.

During the sentencing, Judge Jeffrey Wagner denied Spooner the possibility of parole.

Patricia Larry, Darius' mother, says justice was served when the jury rejected the elderly man's insanity plea. She has a pending wrongful-death lawsuit against Spooner.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee man who fatally shot his teenage neighbor after accusing the boy of burglary is set to be sentenced.

John Spooner was convicted last week of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 13-year-old Darius Simmons. A jury rejected his insanity plea, setting him up for a mandatory life sentence that essentially guarantees the 76-year-old will die in prison. Spooner will be sentenced Monday.

Jurors decided Spooner knew exactly what he was doing when he accused Simmons of stealing his guns and then shot him in May 2012.

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