Isaiah Wheeler shot a Milwaukee man because he intervened when he was fighting with his girlfriend. Which led to his imprisonment for 30 years
Isaiah Wheeler will remain off the streets for more than three decades because he shot a motorist who intervened during a fight between Wheeler and his girlfriend in Milwaukee.
Jury in August Wheeler, 19, was convicted of second-degree murder On January 26, 2022, Dwayne Johnson Sr., 56, of Milwaukee passed away.
What was his punishment?
Online court records show Wheeler must spend 30 years behind bars on that charge, along with 10 years of extended supervision once he is released. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Mark A. Sanders sentencing Monday.
Wheeler was 17 years old at the time of the murder. Jurors also convicted him of possession of a firearm in violation of a previous juvenile court conviction. He will serve a four-year prison sentence on that charge, along with five years of extended supervision.
Sanders ordered Wheeler’s sentences to be served consecutively.
Prosecutors believe Johnson was driving and intervened during a dispute between Wheeler and his girlfriend in the 5400 block of North 72nd Street.
What evidence was presented at the trial against Isaiah Wheeler?
A video captured by a neighbor’s front porch camera showed footage of Wheeler and the mother of his child walking in the snow. The two had earlier been in a car driven by Wheeler’s mother.
Wheeler’s mother threw the woman out of the car and Wheeler chased after her.
Once he reached her, they also quarreled, attracting the attention of other motorists.
One of them was Johnson, who was seen in the video getting out of his truck and moving toward the couple. In the end, Johnson switches between Moore and Wheeler.
Johnson was shot six times. The coroner testified that four shots struck Johnson as he lay on the ground.
What was Isaiah Wheeler’s defense?
At one point during his trial, Wheeler claimed that he was defending himself and that he opened fire on Johnson, a stranger who was taller and towered over him.
“I thought he was going to shoot me,” Wheeler told jurors from the witness stand. “I thought he was going to kill me.”
A total of 390 days Wheeler spent in custody will be applied to his sentence.
This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A Milwaukee man is sentenced to prison for shooting a Good Samaritan