Angelo Tolbert will spend the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced Thursday for shooting and killing 16-year-old Montrell Wiseman in October, 2012 and for injuring Desjuha Wilkinson.
Investigators say Tolbert shot at a house near 21st and Binney in an act of revenge for the death of his cousin but ended up shooting the wrong person.
Tolbert never admitted his guilt. His attorney asked for a retrial but the motion was denied and Judge Mark Ashford threw the book at Tolbert.
He was sentenced to life in prison for killing Wiseman; 40 to 50-years for use of a weapon to commit that crime; 40 to 50-years for the assault of Desjuha Wilkerson and 40 to 50-years for use of a weapon to commit that crime.
Judge Ashford said that this random murder tears at the very fabric of our society.
The murder victim’s father, Arthur Plunkett, told us, “To see a stiff sentence like this - starting to show that North Omaha is not going to tolerate these types of things. And we as a family, we have a deep, deep loss.”
Tolbert still claims that he is not guilty. He says he didn’t pull the trigger.
In court, the victim’s father said Tolbert's failure to acknowledge the mistake he made is beyond his understanding. He said after Tolbert was caught and faced the evidence, “we would have liked to have him shown some remorse or some type of indication that he's sorry for what he did.”
The victim’s family is happy with the sentence but they say they won’t be able to completely close the door on this case until they hear Tolbert apologize for the act that caused their family so much pain.
Family members say they plan to follow Tolbert’s prison stay and if there is any parole hearing they will be there to see if he ever apologizes
Tolbert left court repeating his claim of innocence.