It was an emotional and shocking scene in a Michigan courtroom. A teenager who admitted to killing 18-year-old Jordan Klee, grinned and laughed as a statement written by the victim’s mom was read.
"I've lost my only child, my son, my baby, my friend. More than that, I lost laughter and love. I no longer have the hope of having grandchildren," a family member read on behalf of Klee’s mother as the mom weeped and wiped tears from her eyes.
Seventeen-year-old Danta Wright smiled and shook his head as the statement was read. After the statement, he made a statement of his own, saying, "I just want to tell y’all I’ll be home soon…I love my family.”
The judge was less than impressed.
"Watching you sit there, smile, laugh, shake your head like this was no big deal— I’m very tempted to just say, 'I’m not going to accept this sentencing agreement and we’ll go to trial' and if you’re convicted of felony murder, you’ll go to prison for the rest of your life. That means you’ll die there. That’s what I’m tempted to do,” said Judge David Swartz.
According to WXYZ, the victim’s family asked for the case not go to trial, so that they could move forward.
"They want to try and forgive this defendant ... and they are asking ... that you proceed with the sentence agreement,” the family’s attorney said, according to MLive.
Wright's lawyer apologized for Wright, citing emotional issues. The judge didn’t take the case to trial, and Wright was sentenced to 23-50 years in prison for Klee's murder. Wright has admitted that he and two others were trying to rob Klee when he shot him last year.