Autumn Wood Receives 126 Month Prison Sentence – Update
FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – More than 20-months after the death of a Lauderdale County teen killed at a house party, another teen has been sentenced to prison for her death.
Tears flowed on both sides of Judge Mike Jones’ courtroom Thursday morning for the sentencing of Autumn Wood.
Family and friends of 14-year-old Brooklyn Hollins wore shirts memorializing the teen that lost her life in March of 2012.
“The victim, Brooklyn, had many friends, and you can see that from the people that were in the courtroom today,” explained District Attorney Chris Connolly. “They have all been impacted by it. Our heart goes out to them and this is just a tragedy.”
In front of Judge Jones, the mother of Hollins spoke out to Autumn Wood, blaming her in public for her daughter’s death.
Joni Keeton told Autumn Wood, “I hope you rot in hell.”
And before sitting down Keeton wished Wood a Merry Christmas.
“She lost her 14-year-old daughter, and it certainly continues to take a toll on her. I don’t know if she will ever get over it,” stated Connolly.
After being sentenced to 126-months in prison, Autumn Wood was escorted to the Lauderdale County Detention Center by deputies for processing.
Wood’s family said Autumn wants the Hollins family to eventually forgive her for what happened.
“The family, we are devastated by this. Autumn is truly sorry about what happened,” said John Nicholson, an uncle of Autumn Wood.
According to prosecutors, Wood will be eligible for parole, which will be determined by the state.
Courthouse officials tell WHNT News 19 that Autumn Wood is pregnant and will likely have to have the child while she is behind bars.
No word yet on which prison she will be transferred to.