LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHSA11) -- Two Louisville men were sentenced to prison on Tuesday for killing a man at a kickball game in Shawnee Park. The victim, Antonio Anderson, had eight children.
“How do you look at a child and explain he’s no longer,” said Marian Dean, Anderson’s mother.
It is a hard message Dean has to tell her grandkids about their father, but the sentence handed down by the judge provided some closure for her.
Judge Charles Cunningham made his decision in a Jefferson County circuit courtroom.
Quentin Wilson was sentenced to 50 years in prison and William Smith was sentenced to 24 years in prison. Both men were found guilty of shooting and killing Anderson, 22, in Shawnee Park, while hundreds of people were gathered at a kickball game on the evening of the murder.
Dean said her son would be disappointed in the two men accused of killing him, if he were alive. She said her son, Anderson, and Quentin Wilson grew up together and the families of the two young men were close.
She said Anderson would simply shake his head in disappointment at William Smith.
Dean says she will have to accept Tuesday’s sentencing, but would rather see the two men spend the rest of their life in prison.
“I honestly believe if they were to be released today, they would get out and huddle with their members and do the same thing again and destroy our community,” Dean said.
Both Wilson and Smith will serve 20 years in prison before they are eligible for parole.
William Smith’s attorney said his client will file for an appeal.