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Kilwa Jones sentenced to 35 years for shooting veteran after Cardinals game

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Kilwa Jones is charged with robbery and assault Kilwa Jones is charged with robbery and assault

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The man who shot Chris Sanna in downtown St. Louis has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, the maximum sentence.

Kilwa Jones pleaded guilty in July to multiple charges related to the armed robbery and shooting that left former marine Chris Sanna paralyzed.

The incident occurred on September 25, 2015, when Sanna and his girlfriend were walking back to their car parked on the Old Cathedral parking lot after a Cardinals game.

According to court documents, Jones confronted them with a semi-automatic gun and demanded their property. The victims attempted to ignore Jones and walk to their car when Jones shot Sanna in the back and grabbed Simpson’s purse. Jones then rifled through the pants pockets of Sanna as he lay paralyzed on the ground, police said. Jones then jumped into a car and drove away.

In addition to the prison sentence, Jones also must take part in a substance abuse program and will be on a supervised release for 3 years after being released from prison.

Jones pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, two counts of robbery and felon in possession of a fire arm. The crime occurred on the Arch grounds, a national park, and therefore Jones pleaded guilty to federal charges.

In the courtroom, Sanna testified. 

"I held it together until I talked about my mom and the same was with Kilwa he held it together until he talked about his mom we love our moms,

Sanna says he is overwhelmed. In the Federal courtroom Friday, he had to once again come face to face with the man who shot and paralyzed him. 

Kilwa Jones spoke to Sanna and apologized to him and everyone else affected by his actions.

"It was hard. I thought it was sincere. It was hard," he says. 

Sanna's mother echoed her son 

"I thought it was very sincere. I think he is one of those young men who got off on the wrong path," says Candis Sanna. 

From the Sanna family to the Jones family. Two families greatly affected. 

"You can't even imagine that he'll be 61 when he gets out of jail," says Jamila Allen. 

Allen says her brother was the glue that held the family together. He says he struggled with alcohol and abusing pills, but was a good man who made a very bad decision. 

"I love my brother and that wasn't him and he did it and he realized it wasn't right," she says. 

Despite the actions of Jones, Sanna says he is open to Jones writing to him from prison. But that is not all, he also says he would like to get in touch with Jones' son. 

"Me  and Lisa have thought, maybe at some point in the future go to the park, birthdays or something," says Sanna. 
 

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