A 17-year-old convicted of murder smiled and laughed during his sentencing Monday.
The habits angered the judge so much that he asked prosecutors to take the case to trial rather of accepting a plea deal.
Danta Wright beinged in court smiling and almost laughing as a mother shed tears for her boy – shot and eliminated by Wright.
“I have actually lost laughter and love. I no longer have the hope of having grandchildren. I’ve lost the satisfaction of holidays, birthdays and of everyday life,” stated Courtney Klee, who read a declaration from Jordan Klee’s mother.
Wright addressed the court showing no regret.
“I just wan na tell y’ all I’ll be home soon (inaudible). I love my family,” he said.
The judge, plainly fed up with the defendant’s mindset, stopped the proceedings and asked the prosecution to think about taking this case to trial where Wright would deal with a stiffer penalty if found guilty by a jury.
“I have actually been viewing you sit there, smile and laugh and shake your head like this was no big deal. I’m really lured to simply state I’m not going to accept this sentence contract. You will go to trial and if you’re founded guilty of felony murder you’ll go to jail for the rest of your life and that indicates you’ll pass away there,” Judge David Swartz said.
This is not the first time the teen has shocked the courtroom.
Back in June during a pretrial hearing, he confessed he shot and killed 18-year-old Jordan Klee.
In October 2016, Wright said he and two other buddies were aiming to rob Klee when he shot the teenager in the back of the head, killing him.
The victim, a senior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, was described as a high accomplishing student and football professional athlete.
“This year was expected to be a year of event. Of senior images with prom, graduation and parties. Rather it was a headache, a headache no parent need to ever endure,” Courtney Klee checked out.
Ultimately, the victim’s family chose not to take the case to trial and move on with sentencing.
The defense attorney apologized on behalf of the 17-year-old.
“His smiling was in no chance implied as ill-mannered either to the household, to the victim or to this court,” Defense Attorney David Goldstein said.
Wright was sentenced to 23 to 50 years for heist, felony firearm and 2nd degree murder.
Two other teens that pleaded guilty for their roles in the murder will be sentenced in September.
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