Per reports, the then-17-year-old boy Danta W., almost lost his plea deal during his murder trial after smiling during victim impact statements.
The defendant was reportedly grinning while the mother of Jordan sobbed during court, prompting judge Swartz to allow prosecutors to reconsider the plea deal that was previously reached. “Watching you sit there, smile and laugh and shake your head like this was no big deal, I’m very tempted to just say I’m not going to accept this sentence agreement,” Swartz stated, MLive reported.
“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.” Read the full story here ▶