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Darius Simmons Murder: John Henry Spooner sentenced to life in prison in death of Wis. teen neighbor

FILE - This combination of file photo shows Particia Larry, right, on June 2, 2012, in MIlwaukee, holding a picture of her son son Darius Simmons, 13, and John Henry Spooner, left, in a photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department. Spooner was found guilty Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Milwaukee of fatally shooting his 13-year-old neighbor, Simmons, whom he suspected of burglary. (AP Photos/File, Milwaukee County Sheriff's Dept./AP, File) Dinesh Ramdi

(CBS/AP) MILWAUKEE- A 76-year-old Milwaukee man who shot and killed his teen neighbor, Darius Simmons, after accusing the boy of burglary has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

John H. Spooner was convicted last week of first-degree intentional homicide. He acknowledged shooting the 13-year-old in the chest last year while the teen's mother watched.

At a sentencing hearing Monday, Judge Jeffrey Wagner denied Spooner the possibility of parole.

Darius' mother, Patricia Larry, says justice was served when the jury rejected Spooner's insanity plea. She still has a pending wrongful-death lawsuit against the shooter.

Some of Spooner's shotguns were stolen in a break-in at his home two days before he killed Darius. Spooner told the jury he suspected the teen in the theft. Police said they searched Darius' home and didn't find the weapons.

The shooting was captured on a security camera video and was entered into evidence during the trial.

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