In a courtroom where cameras were not allowed, Susan White, the great aunt of 8-year-old Demetrius Wilson, was sentenced to 36 years in prison for his killing. The sentencing took place on Monday afternoon, following a 17-month-long legal process. White expressed guilt for not intervening when she suspected something was wrong. The judge, Alex Meers, deemed the case disturbing, highlighting that White had taken Demetrius to a home improvement store where she purchased the duct tape used to bind him before beating him to death.
Canden White, an 11-year-old girl who comforted Demetrius in his final moments, expressed her inability to forgive her aunt, stating that she deserves a lifetime in jail. Noel White, another family member, felt relief after the sentencing, believing that Demetrius’ spirit is finally free.
White’s defense attorneys requested leniency, citing her military service and lack of prior criminal history. However, Judge Meers emphasized the gravity of the case and handed down a 36-year prison sentence. The judge considered the fact that White had brought Demetrius to the store to purchase the materials used in the crime.