Teen pleads guilty in fatal Stonewall stabbing
PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. (KTEN) — A Stonewall teenager has pleaded guilty to a fatal stabbing last year.
Originally charged with first degree murder, 16-year-old Ryan James Campbell pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Jaimone Kirkland, 18, was killed at a park in Stonewall on April 18, 2021. His girlfriend rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"The victim's father and grandmother, they didn't want to have to sit through a jury trial proceeding; they didn't want to relive the killing of their son and grandson," said Pontotoc County Assistant District Attorney Tara Portillo. "It's really sad, because when a 15-year-old is a killer and an 18-year-old is killed, nobody wins."
Campbell was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 20 years of probation.