Elbert Brooks sentenced to 100 years for role in deadly shooting near Paoli
Brooks accepted a plea deal on December 30. He pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder and robbery.
The shooting happened in late June. Nicholas Fields and Corey Harris were killed. The only survivor, Daniel Smitson was shot in the face, but recovered. Smitson attended the sentencing, though he is currently incarcerated for unrelated charges.
Brooks, along with John Carpenter and James Davidson were arrested in connection to the June shooting. Police say they were after drugs and money.
"I thought he sat there and he was just cocky -- like he didn't care, didn't phase him a bit," Nicholas Fields' brother, Danny Fields, said about Brooks' demeanor in court.
Brooks didn't show much emotion in court. A judge told Brooks he "sold his soul for money and methamphetamine." Brooks received 55 years for murder, 30 years for attempted murder and 15 years for robbery. The sentences total 100 years, minus time served.
"I think he should have got more," Danny Fields said."I think it should have went to trial and he got the death penalty."
Brooks wrote several letters to WDRB last fall, saying he did it. He declined to comment while walking into court Thursday afternoon.
Brooks' sister has said he's terminally ill and was writing those letters to save his co-defendants. But the victims' family members, many in court, hope Carpenter and Davidson will also see justice.
Danny Fields says the suspects' loved ones get to see them in jail, while he visits his brother Nick at the cemetery.
"His daughters are all grown but he's got a 4-year-old son that will never know his dad now," Danny Fields said.
Carpenter and Davidson are scheduled to go to trial later this year.
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