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Wilson Sentenced to 30 Years in 2009 Murder

May 03, 2011|By Jason Lamb and Chris Klint | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Anchorage woman will spend 30 years in prison for killing a man after a 2009 argument. Judge Michael Wolverton sentenced Sherrie Wilson on a second-degree murder charge Tuesday to 50 years with 20 of those years suspended, plus 10 years of probation.

“I'm happy with the 30 years,” victim Sam Black’s daughter, Leah Black, told Channel 2 outside the courtroom. “I wish it was longer, but she's got the rest of her time to realize what she did, and hopefully it doesn't happen again.”

“I'll just continue to visit her, and she'll understand more and more,” Wilson’s uncle, Dale Snell, said outside the courtroom. “God will teach her, that's the most important point there -- he will teach her there, he will keep her.”

Anchorage police say Wilson, 28 at the time, was drinking with the 75-year-old Black at a Midtown home early in the morning of April 30, when she shot him twice then stole his pickup truck -- and was arrested by officers for driving drunk.


"It's clearly without question a vicious, senseless homicide," Wolverton said, although he said Wilson didn't have a history of assault-type conduct.

At a Friday sentencing hearing for Wilson, defense attorney Brendan Kelley presented his case that Wilson was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when she killed Black, introducing an expert witness and video of Wilson in an APD holding room.

The state, however, asked Judge Michael Wolverton to sentence Wilson to 75 years with 25 years suspended.

“Please give Sherrie Wilson what she deserves: a maximum sentence,” Black’s son said in victim impact statements.

Wolverton delayed his decision Friday, saying he would sentence Wilson Tuesday.

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