Life in prison plus 30 years for man convicted of 2018 Bailey Ave. murder
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A Pearl man will spend the rest of his life behind bars following his conviction and sentencing in Hinds County Circuit Court.
Friday, Judge Adrienne Wooten sentenced Gino Washington to life in prison plus 30 years after he was convicted of capital murder and armed robbery.
Washington, also known as ‘Lil G,’ was convicted of murdering Aaron Cory Hancock and robbing him and his girlfriend Kayla Gilmore on the night of July 8, 2018.
Gilmore, soft-spoken but confident, pointed out Lil G as the killer during the trial. When asked if she was certain, she told prosecutors she was 100 percent certain.
She was not in the courtroom during the sentencing but watched it online. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, most cases in Hinds County Circuit Court are being live-streamed online to ensure the public has access to proceedings.
“As soon as Judge Wooten sentenced him, tears rolled down my face because I knew (Washington) would not be able to come after me or be able to harm another innocent soul again, Gilmore said. “Finally, after three years, we got justice for Aaron.”
Gilmore credits WLBT for moving the Washington trial along.
Prior to the trial, 3 On Your Side reported that nearly 120 people arrested on murder charges in the last three years in the capital city had not gone to trial. Washington was among those individuals.
Court records indicated that his trial had been continued or rescheduled 11 times since he was indicted for the July 2018 murder and robbery.
Wooten initially sentenced the defendant to two life sentences, but the sentence was rejected by the defense.
“Your Honor does not have the authority to sentence Mr. Washington to life for armed robbery,” one of Washington’s defense attorneys said.
After re-reading the state statute, Wooten corrected herself.
“You’re correct. I can’t give him life, but he’ll get 30 years,” she said.
Washington was remanded to the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
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