Wooden sentenced to 35 years for murder
A circuit judge on Friday sentenced London Wooden to 35 years in prison for the 2011 murder of David J. Maple.
Wooden, 19, was also sentenced by Circuit Court Judge James Barber III to five years for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
The jury on Thursday found Wooden guilty on both charges after two hours of deliberation.
Wooden and Maple were with a group of people gathered between two mobile homes on Dallas Circle the night of Oct. 1, 2011. They got into a verbal argument, which prompted the shooting. Maple was shot three times in the back and twice in the hand, and was pronounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Centers after witnesses drove him to the hospital.
Wooden also pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree burglary from an incident in the City of Aiken in August 2011, during which an AK-47 was stolen, according to Deputy Solicitor Beth Ann Young. Barber sentenced him to 35 years in prison for that charge, with all sentences running concurrently.
Wooden will not be eligible for parole on the murder charge due to murder’s classification as a violent crime. In South Carolina, for violent crimes committed after Jan. 1, 1996, that carry a sentence of 20 years or more, there is no parole eligibility.