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Paralyzed man's blinks lead to conviction

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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- A man paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator after he was shot in the face and neck could only communicate by blinking his eyes, but those blinks helped lead to what could end up as life in prison for the man convicted of murdering him.

Ricardo Woods, 35, was sentenced Thursday to 36 years to life in prison for the murder of David Chandler and for felonious assaults and weapons charges. The murder trial drew national attention when the judge allowed jurors to see a police interview of Chandler two weeks before his death during which he blinked in response to questions about who shot him.

Woods was convicted last month of murder and felonious assault charges after jurors watched the interview that prosecutors say shows Chandler blinked his eyes three times for "yes" to identify a photo of Woods as the man who shot him. Chandler was shot while sitting in a car on Oct. 28, 2010, and left paralyzed from the neck down,

The defence tried to block the video, saying Chandler's blinks were inconsistent and unreliable.

Woods, who insists he is innocent, stood stoically before a judge Thursday and showed no visible emotion as she sentenced him. Judge Beth Myers said the sentence she gave him was "necessary to protect the public and punish Mr. Woods."

Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 37 years to life, the maximum, while the defence had asked the judge for the minimum, 18 years to life.

Assistant county Prosecutor David Prem told the judge prior to sentencing Woods' previous criminal history, including prison terms for attempting to kill someone and drug trafficking, should be taken into account.

"He is a dangerous and violent offender," Prem said, adding it was time for the Chandler family and Ohio to get justice.

Defence attorney Kory Jackson told the judge Woods has "always maintained that he is not guilty and still maintains that today."

Jackson stressed again after court Woods has always insisted he is innocent, even when he was offered a deal prior to the trial requiring him to plead guilty in exchange for a five-year sentence.

"He said that he was innocent and that 'I'm absolutely not going to take a deal,' " Jackson said.

No members of Chandler's family spoke at Wednesday's hearing, but Chandler's mother said after court that she was pleased with the sentence.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 21, 2013 A20

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