ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – A man already sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for a shooting that paralyzed a St. Louis Cardinals fan after a 2015 game is expected back in state court on Friday after backing out of entering a plea.
At a hearing Wednesday, 33-year-old Kilwa Jones was expected to plead guilty to state charges and be sentenced a term concurrent to the federal charges. He decided not to, at least at that time. His attorney now says Jones will likely plead guilty at a hearing Friday, when his family is present.
Christopher Sanna of House Springs was badly injured when he was robbed and shot while returning to his car after a Cardinals game on Sept. 25, 2015.
Jones robbed Sanna and his girlfriend as they walked from Busch Stadium to their parked car at the Old Cathedral. He demanded their belongings and as Sanna reached into his pants pocket, Jones fired two shots – one at Sanna and one at his girlfriend.
Sanna still has a long road to recovery. He requires assistance with normal duties, such as using the bathroom. He can no longer work full-time and has seen his salary dropped significantly as a result.
Community support for Sanna came in waves. His GoFundMe campgain raised thousands of dollars to help cover medical expenses. That GoFundMe account is still active.
The Gary Sinise Foundation refurbished Sanna’s home and made it wheelchair accessible.
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