George sentenced in murder case

CENTREVILLE — Westly Lacharles George III, 29, of Three Rivers, was sentenced in St. Joseph County Circuit Court Thursday, Oct. 13 for the 2015 murder of Eugene Jackson.
Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman sentenced George to serve a mandatory life sentence without parole for first-degree murder, four to 20 years for possession of firearms while a convicted felon, four to 20 years for possession of ammunition while a convicted felon, four to 20 years for carrying a concealed weapon and a mandatory sentence of two years with 420 days served for felony firearm possession during commission of a crime. Stutesman also ordered George to pay $9,755.62 in restitution.
On Sept. 8, a jury found George guilty on all five counts after hearing nearly 60 witnesses testify over the course of a seven-day trial.
Prior to sentencing Thursday, defense council Deborah Davis asked the court to take into consideration that her client has “maintained his innocence from the beginning” and to find “compassion” during sentencing.
When afforded the opportunity to speak, George said there were “different stories,” “bias” and “inconsistencies” in testimony during the trial and said, “Everyone has a different story about what was said.”
Christy Jackson, Eugene’s mother, spoke for her son before sentencing.
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