SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison for shooting a juvenile.
District Judge Patrick Tott in July found Darius Wright, 21, guilty of assault with intent to inflict serious injury, willful injury and first-degree robbery. Wright must serve at least 17.5 years before he's eligible for parole.
Wright had waived his right to a jury trial and had his case heard by Tott. After the trial, Wright's attorney, Matt Pittinger asked to be removed from the case because Wright believed he had not been made fully aware of what waiving his right to a jury trial meant. Wright also said Pittinger failed to inform him about mandatory sentencing provisions that he might face if found guilty.
Wright filed a motion for new trial, claiming that the evidence did not support the verdict. Tott overruled the motion prior to sentencing him.
Tott found Wright guilty of brandishing a handgun and robbing three people of a bag of snacks they had bought at a convenience store on Feb. 10. Later in the night, a friend of one of the robbery victims went to 423 16th St. to confront Wright about the robbery, and Wright shot him in the chest and hip, causing a collapsed lung and broken ribs.
Wright's co-defendant, Tykell Robinson, was later found guilty of first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.