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“It wasn’t my intention to hurt anybody:” Terry Strickland sentenced to 60 years for killing 2 men

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MILWAUKEE -- A man convicted in a double fatal shooting in Milwaukee in July 2016 was sentenced to prison in a Milwaukee County courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, July 26th.

Terry Strickland

Terry Strickland was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison, and eight years extended supervision on each of two charges -- to be served consecutively. So in all, he'll serve a total of 60 years in prison, and an additional 16 years extended supervision.

Strickland in June was found guilty by a jury on two counts of first degree reckless homicide.

Prosecutors say Strickland killed two men in broad daylight in a residential neighborhood in front of multiple witnesses. Investigators said on July 17, 2016, a fight between a group of seven or eight men ended when Strickland started shooting near 26th and Hopkins on Milwaukee's north side.

Double homicide at 26th and Hopkins in July 2016

Maurice Brown Jr. and Michael Reed died from their injuries. Witnesses told investigators they saw Strickland pull the trigger.

Terry Strickland

"This is Terry's sentencing. But Michael was sentenced in July," said Janice Reed, Michael Reed's mother in court on Wednesday.

"It made me so mad. When you can look at the family, smile like (expletive) is good," said Vernon Jordan, Michael Reed's brother.

Strickland was on the run for months until January 15, 2017. That's when the FBI and El Paso police executed a traffic stop. Strickland was taken into custody without incident in El Paso, Texas.

Judge Jeffrey Conen

"I have a problem with you going to Texas and leaving your daughter behind," said Judge Jeffrey Conen.

Maurice Brown's wife of a few months told the court her husband had a future.

Terry Strickland

"The day he died I got an email from a trucking company that he had been accepted for the trucking class," said Latasha Brown, Maurice Brown Jr.'s widow.

For his part, Strickland apologized.

"Sometimes I wonder what I could have done different that day because it wasn't my intention to hurt anybody," Strickland said.

Strickland was once one of Wisconsin's Most Wanted, and on the FBI's list of Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.

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