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Judge sentences Spooner to life in prison without parole

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Judge Jeffrey Wagner says there should “never be any light in the tunnel” for John Spooner.

Wagner sentenced the 76-year-old Milwaukee man Monday to life in prison with no chance for a supervised release. That was after Spooner was found guilty last week of intentionally killing his 13-year-old neighbor Darius Simmons in May of last year over four missing guns that Spooner accused the teen of stealing.

Wagner also ordered Spooner to pay $58,000 in restitution to Simmons’ family for what the judge called a “horrific, egregious act.”

Spooner gave dramatic testimony last week in which he called the murder of Simmons “justice.” He claimed he was insane at the time of the slaying, but the jury refused to buy that.

At his sentencing, Spooner said he didn’t know if his actions were right or wrong. He also said he felt sorry for Darius Simmons – and he claimed there was nobody in his life who, “loved him enough to teach him to go straight.”

That spurred Simmons’ brother to shout out an expletive.

Judge Wagner said the murder was an “evil act,” and he called Spooner “one of the worst of the worst.”