GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The person who stabbed a father to dying following a late-night time argument at a Grandville motel will spend the subsequent 25 to one hundred years in jail.
At a sentencing listening to Tuesday, the defendant remained defiant, hurling insults on the decide whilst he was being led away.
A single stab to the chest killed forty seven-yr-previous Ernest Willingham on the Landmark Lodge in April. His convicted killer, Darrell Jones, pleaded no contest to second-diploma homicide in October.
However earlier than Jones was sentenced, he tried to withdraw his plea, claiming he was on jail-administered medicine when he entered it. The decide was having none of it.
“You haven’t any regret in any respect,” Kent County Circuit Courtroom Decide Mark Trusock informed Jones.
The decide advised the defendant that his crime was surprising as he handed down the utmost sentence.
For the sufferer’s household, it felt like some measure of justice.
“He knew he stabbed my son and my son is lifeless and to not take any duty for that … I can’t even comprehend,” stated Willingham’s mom, Jean Anderson.
Willingham left behind a thirteen-yr-previous son.
“We will share with him all the great issues about his father,” Anderson stated. “I would like them to recollect how a lot he beloved his household.”
Jones claimed he acted in self-protection.
“I apologize to the household in the event that they really feel I didn’t present regret for the person who woke me up at 2 within the morning to assault me,” Jones stated. “Had I not defended myself, I won’t be right here.”
Jones additionally stated he referred to as for assist and accused the decide of not caring about justice.
The decide and the convicted killer exchanged phrases as Jones was led away by courtroom deputies.
“Each day you’re sitting in jail, I hope you consider the ache you’ve prompted this household,” Trusock informed Jones.
“I hope you consider me getting attacked,” Jones retorted. “Scumbag.”
Willingham’s household stated their religion requires them to forgive.
“We perceive that that is what God would have us do and we going to wish that he would admit what he has carried out for his personal salvation,” Anderson stated.