ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - The man accused of shooting and paralyzing Chris Sanna after a Cardinals game last year was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday. Kilwa Jones, 33, pleaded guilty to nine state charges at the Carnahan Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. The charges included assault, armed criminal action, robbery and tampering with a witness.
Judge Jimmie Edwards sentenced Jones to 40 years in prison with the sentence to run concurrently with a 35 year sentence Jones already received in federal court for the crime. Jones’ attorney, Scott Rosenblum, says Jones will have to serve 29 years before he is eligible for parole.
Sanna, a former Marine, was walking with his then girlfriend, now finance, after the Cards game on September 25, 2015, near the Old Cathedral downtown when the attack happened. Jones jumped out of a car, robbed Sanna`s girlfriend, then fired two shots. One of the bullets hit Sanna, paralyzing him from the waist down.
Jones offered Sanna his sincerest apologies in court, calling his crime 'senseless' and 'very unfortunate.' Sanna was in court in his wheelchair with his finance and his parents.
After the sentencing, Sanna said he was satisfied with the 40 years and said that there is a 'need to break the cycle' of violence.
Judge Jimmie Edwards called Sanna 'incredible' and 'remarkable' and said he was sorry about what happened to him.
Judge Edwards said of Sanna, “I look at you and I'm sorry for our city.'”
After the hearing, Sanna said more police are needed downtown and he wants to start a foundation to help crime victims. Sanna also said he is buying gift cards for Kilwa Jones’ children for Christmas.