Montee Iverson had only been out of prison a few months when he killed Trevor Wakefield in the early morning hours of February 4, 2013.
Iverson will be back in the custody of the Department of Corrections now for about 21 more years after he was sentenced Tuesday morning by Judge Jan Satterfield.
Iverson, who admits to being under the influence of methamphetamines at the time of the shooting, was sentenced to 233 months for voluntary manslaughter, 12 months for aggravated assault and 8 months for possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.
Judge Satterfield extended the period of post-release supervision to 60 months, rather than the standard 36.
She said it was not her intention to create an appeal, however she believed the extended post-release supervision was appropriate and just due to Iverson’s criminal history before Wakefield was shot.
“You were headed down this path,” Satterfield told Iverson. “Your history and self-professed drug involvement led you down this road. Because of that, I want you supervised as long as I can to make sure you are unarmed after you are released from prison.”
Crystal Rogers, the mother of Wakefield’s infant son, told Iverson he didn’t just kill Wakefield, but he took a little piece of everyone who knew him.
“Thirty-four days, two hours and 37 minutes,” Rogers said. “That is all our son got to spend with his father because of your selfish actions. That is not nearly enough time.”
Shirley Wakefield, the victim’s grandmother, said she loved Trevor dearly.
“I have cried every day since you pulled that trigger,” she told Iverson. “God says I must forgive, but right now there is no way.”
The victim’s mother also addressed the defendant.
“You took the life of my first-born child,” said Shana Greer. “Now our family is in shambles and you left a newborn child without his father.”
She said six people received organs thanks to her son being a donor, so his life was not completely in vain. But she said her son was robbed of his life and his son was robbed of his father.
Iverson said he was not a heartless killer.
“Your honor, I don’t really know how to say it,” Iverson said. “I’m sorry just isn’t enough. Everything that happened… I deal with it, too.”
He said living with the crime is the last thing he thinks about before he goes to sleep and the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up.
Page 2 of 2 - “It hurts me,” Iverson said. “I am deeply sorry for taking this man’s life.”