Teen's Killer Taunts Victim's Mother at Sentencing Hearing

Teen's Killer Taunts Victim's Mother at Sentencing Hearing

Convicted killer John Wilson, Jr. murdered 14-year-old Brenda O’Laughlin when she walked in on him during a robbery of her parent’s suburban Chicago home in 2011, but his abuse of the O’Laughlin family isn’t over. At his sentencing hearing last week Wilson taunted the family once more.

The victim’s mother spoke at the sentencing hearing and said she wished she had been there instead of her daughter.

“I so wish that I had been the one who walked into our house that day to see that evil killer,” Brenda O’Laughlin, the victim’s mother, said. “I cannot even begin to imagine or endure her last moments of life with that evil man… Kelli was a true innocent victim. What physical threat could she have been?”

The killer spoke out several times during the hearing. At one point he joked about being in a relationship with his victim. “We was in a relationship, Bren,” Wilson said to the grieving mother. “What happened? Are you serious?” he said laughing.

The victim’s father, John O’Laughlin, said that he didn’t feel that Wilson’s 160-year sentence was long enough.

But Mrs. O’Laughlin expressed satisfaction that Wilson would never be out on the street again.

“This evil person will never be out on the streets again to harm another child or put the family through what we have gone through,” she said.

With some of his final words, the convicted killer claimed that voices in his head told him not to speak to the judge.

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