Johnson gets life without parole in Smith murder
Waukesha - Jack Johnson, found guilty in the murder of Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc, was sentenced Friday afternoon to life without parole by Judge James Kieffer.
Johnson's attorney Mark Rosen, said he has already filed paperwork to appeal the sentence.
Kieffer repeatedly asked Johnson how he valued human life before he gave the sentence of life in prison. Family of Smith, including her sister, spoke giving a very emotional testimony with lots of tears. They played a slide show of Smith's life. At one point, Johnson turned to look at Smith's sister while she spoke, but other than that, remained still and emotionless during the proceedings.
Johnson, 67, of Mexico was convicted last month of conspiring with longtime friend, Darren Wold, to hire Justin P. Welch, 28, of California, to kill Smith. Wold and Smith share a son and were engaged in a bitter custody dispute.
Wold is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 20, but prosecutors would like to have him sentenced sooner after recent behavior engaging in a hunger strike. (Visit, www.livinglakecountry.com/lakecountryreporter/policeandcourts/after-verdict-wold-went-on-hunger-strike-po35llm-134406148.html, for more on this story).
Welch has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole at age 70.
Watch for more on Johnson's sentencing Friday and a hearing held last week regarding Wold's medical issues in Tuesday's Living Oconomowoc Focus.
He received life without any parole
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