Driver Sentenced In Murder Of South High Student

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The man who drove the getaway vehicle in the murder of 16-year-old South High student Montrell Wiseman will spend at least 30 years in prison.

On Tuesday, Joshua Vanackeren was sentenced by Judge Ashford for his role in the shooting death of Wiseman.

He was sentenced to 45-65 years for Second Degree Murder and 10 to 20 years for Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony. Vanackeren plead guilty to a reduced charge in 2013.

The victim’s father, Arthur Plunkett, said, “The guy wasn’t the shooter but he was just as guilty and that was the message. It can’t bring my son back but it’s satisfying to know they're starting to crack down on all the violence in North Omaha.”

Vanackeren did speak in court. He addressed the family of the victim saying, “I’m really sorry from the bottom of my heart.”

Wiseman and 16-year-old Desjuha Wilkinson were shot on October 21st at 21st and Binney. Wiseman died at the scene. Wilkinson suffered a broken pelvis.

According to prosecutors, Vanackeren, Francis Cayou, Angelo Tolbert and Adam Gamble wanted revenge for the death of Tony Saunsoci, a cousin of Matthew Saunsoci. Matthew Saunsoci was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, but charges were dropped against him because he was reportedly passed out and unaware of the crimes being committed.

Police reports indicate that Vanackeren was driving, but that it was Tolbert who opened fire with a 20-gauge shotgun on Wiseman and three others sitting on a porch. Police said Wiseman was not in a gang or affiliated with one in any way.

Tolbert is currently serving life in prison.

Francis Cayou plead guilty to charges on December 6th. He will be sentenced in February.

Gamble was sentenced in February.

Nikole Gamble was also charged in relation to the murder, she plead no contest to being an accessory and was sentenced to up to 20 months in prison.

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