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Man convicted in college student's murder

Milton Wilson (Source: OPSO) Milton Wilson (Source: OPSO)

A man accused in a brutal killing that was caught on surveillance tape was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder.

It took a jury less than an hour to find Milton Wilson, 19, guilty of murdering 27-year-old college student Fernando Eyzaguirre in the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2012.

The victim was parked outside Anytime Fitness in the 5100 block of General DeGaulle when Wilson and two other men – identified as Marke Simmons and Jaroid Washington – approached, according to the district attorney's office. Video shows the defendant and his accomplices pulling the victim from the car and repeatedly shooting him. A third person , Erin Doucet, allegedly drove the getaway car.

In February, Washington pled guilty to one count each of manslaughter, armed robbery, and obstruction of justice. In return for a 23 year sentence, Washington agreed to testify against the remaining defendants.  On Wednesday, however, Washington refused to testify. As a result, the district attorney's office will move to have Washington's prior sentence vacated and have him resentenced.  The judge could sentence him to as many as 159 years in prison.

"This was a truly horrific crime, and I want to put as many of these defendants as I can away for a significant period of time," District Attorney Cannizzaro said in a news release. "While trial strategy sometimes requires me to make plea agreements with violent criminals, if they refuse to cooperate in the criminal proceedings, which is the only evidence of remorse that he can show this victim's family, I will not hesitate to seek the lengthiest prison sentence law will allow."

Wilson, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, will be sentenced on June 13.

Simmons and Doucet are still awaiting trial.


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