Hooper, Wright Sentenced to Life in Seath Jackson Murder Case
MARION COUNTY - Brother and sister, Kyle Hooper and Amber Wright, both received life sentences with recomendations for no parole Wednesday afternoon.
While acknowledging their young ages -- Hooper is now 18 and Wright is 16 -- Circuit Judge David Eddy said this was the coldest, most caculating murder he has seen over his 15 years as a judge and 16 years as a lawyer.
Telling each that "Seath Jackson is dead because of your actions," Eddy concluded that the only just sentence was a life sentence.
Hooper and Wright were convicted in June for their role in Jackson's slayings.
They are two of five teens charged with the murder of the 15-year-old teen.
During Hooper's hearing, members of his family said that he was a loving boy, a follower, very gullible and easily led. He would do anything to be accepted.
Taking the stand on behalf of both her chidren, Tracey Wright tearfully pleaded with the court to show mercy. She told the courtroom that Hooper was a good kid, "not a monster like everyone said" and someone who had become very religious during his time in jail. She said her daughter never intended for Jackson to be killed.
Jackson was lured to a Summerfield home in April 2011. He was beaten, then shot to death. His body was later burned and found in fragments in paint buckets.
His mother, Sonya Jackson was emotional as she read statements to both Hooper and Wright.
In her statement to Wright, Jackson said, "You said you loved Seath. But if this is how you love, may you never love again."
She concluded both her statements with the hope that the memory of her son would haunt them both for the rest of their lives.
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