KENT, Wash. – There was an extra police presence Friday for the sentencing of a teenager who killed another teen at a family barbecue in Auburn last year. Family and friends of the victim were upset that the prosecutor struck a plea deal with the shooter.
James Anthony Mills, 17, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the May 22, 2011 death of 16-year-old Adrian Wilson.
As part of the plea deal, the prosecutor recommended a sentence of 22 years in prison.
Wilson’s family and friends were not happy with what they considered to be a light sentence recommendation and showed up at the Regional Justice Center in Kent to protest the bargain.
“We are so angry as the prosecuting attorney because we truly know she has not done her job. She has not investigated anyone or anything,” said Francisca T. Lopez, Wilson's grandmother.
"My son was loved and valuable. Please give our family some peace that Adrian's value to the court is not determined by a grid nor is his life dismissed because James Mills just agreed to say out loud that he's guilty so he could potentially receive less time," said Joy Smith, Wilson's mother.
The judge sentenced Mills to 20 years.
Kent Police say there was minor confrontation earlier in the day at the Kent Transit Center between five people who were coming to witness the sentencing and another individual. Police say one person was taken into custody.