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60 years given to killer in SAU parking lot shooting | magnoliareporter.com

Odies Wilson IV, one of the four men charged with the shooting death of Joshua Keshun Smith at Southern Arkansas University on August 11, 2020, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of murder.

Wilson, 23, received a total prison sentence of 60 years.

“I would just like to say I am sorry to the victims and to the victims’ families and it’s hard — I cannot say it enough how sorry I am for what I’ve done,” Wilson said Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court before Judge David Talley Jr.

“I pray about it every night and I pray for God to be with y’all, and I pray for God to be with me. I know that what I am going through is nothing compared to the pain I put you through.”

The shooting, described in an August 16, 2020 police affidavit as a drug deal gone wrong, happened in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

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