Man who shot, paralyzed Cardinals fan gets 35 years

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The man who shot and paralyzed Chris Sanna while leaving a Cardinals game last year was sentenced Friday in federal court.

Before the sentence was handed down, various witnesses took the stand, including Sanna himself. Many wept openly as Sanna talked about his paralysis and how his life has been changed forever.

The former Marine and his family said they wanted to be in the courtroom Friday when the sentence was handed down for Kilwa Jones.

Sanna said he wished he would have died that night and that he’ll never live a normal life.

The attack on Sanna and his girlfriend happened in September 2015 while they were leaving a Cardinals game. Prosecutors said Jones approached them with a handgun and opened fire. Sanna was shot in the back and then Jones robbed the couple.

Jones pleaded guilty in July to multiple charges related to armed robbery and the shooting. On Friday morning, Jones asked a federal judge for a fair sentence and was given 35 years in prison.

Sanna and his mother said the sentencing brings some closure to their family.

“He does realize he's a monster. Anytime you do that to somebody and you turn and point a gun at somebody, it's not good,” said Chris Sanna.

Jones also made a statement in court apologizing for the incident, saying he would change places with Sanna if he could. In the end, the judge said she had to sentence Jones accordingly for his actions.