ST. LOUIS - The man who admits to shooting a veteran who was leaving a Cardinals game last year will spent the next three-and-a-half decades behind bars.
Kilwa Jones, 32, pleaded guilty to five felony charges in July stemming from the September 2015 attack of Army veteran Chris Sanna. Friday morning, Jones was sentenced to 35 years.
Jones robbed and shot Sanna in the back near the Old Cathedral as he was leaving a baseball game with his girlfriend. Sanna is now paralyzed from the waist down.
During the sentencing hearing, Jones apologized to his victims, their families, and the other personal acquaintances that were called to testify during the proceedings.
Jones stated that the picture painted of him during his sentencing hearing was not accurate and that he may seem like a monster but was not.
Judge Catherine D. Perry said it was, “one of the most sincere (sic) apologies she has heard in her courtroom.”
An attorney for Jones argued for a lesser sentence of 25 years.
The federal prosecutor asked for 35 years, and that is exactly the punishment the judge handed down.
After the hearing, Sanna told reporters that while he was satisfied with the sentencing, it was unfair Jones’ son could grow up without a father figure.
Sanna said, he and Simpson would be interested in contacting the boy’s mother and filling that gap on some level.
He also said, he would accept letters from Jones while he serves his prison term.
A GoFundMe has been set up by Sanna's family in order to provide for his long-term care.