A man who was convicted twice for a pair of murders in Salina was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to over 66 years in prison.
Back in December of 2010 a Saline County jury convicted Willie Smith-Parker of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder, in connection with the deaths of Alfred Mack and Justin Letourneau. The first case stemmed from a burglary/homicide on the morning of June 13, 2009, and the second arose from a fatal shooting on the morning of June 19, 2009.
Smith-Parker was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of Alfred Mack, second-degree intentional murder in the later death of Justin LeTourneau.
Last December, the Kansas Supreme Court reversed the murder convictions. Smith-Parker raised 10 issues in the appeal. the Supreme Court found that 4 had merit. Among them were how jurors were instructed, and how a juror was replaced with an alternative after deliberations had already started.
The case was retried in Saline County District Court in May, and lasted a little over two weeks. Smith-Parker was found guilty of intentional 2nd degree murder for the death of Alfred Mack, and reckless 2nd degree murder for the death of Justin LeTourneau.
Several people spoke prior to sentencing Tuesday afternoon.
Among them was the mother of Mack’s children. She said that she no longer has any anger in heart, just sadness. She told Smith Parker that it took her a long time to come to this point, but she said that she has forgiven him. She quoted a bible verse, Psalm 130 3-4 “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.”
LeTourneau’s step-sister also spoke. She told Smith-Parker that “one day God’s justice will come down on you.”
Judge Renee Young told Smith-Parker that he is a “threat to society” as she ultimately sentenced him to the maximum possible. She gave him 653 months for the intentional 2nd degree murder conviction, and 123 months for the reckless 2nd degree murder. She also gave him a total of 20 months for a theft and aggravated assault charges that he also was convicted of. The sentence totals 66.33 years.
Smith-Parker was also ordered to pay over $17,400 in restitution and fees.
Smith-Parker was given an opportunity to speak, and chose not to.
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