Murder Suspect Skips Sentencing Hearing

By Carrie Weil

(LOUISVILLE) -- The sentencing of a Louisville man did not go as expected Monday. Derek Wright was to begin serving prison time for killing a 16-year-old last June. WAVE 3's Carrie Weil explains.

Derek Wright cut a deal with the Commonwealth to plead guilty to manslaughter and a list of other charges in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence.

Wright is accused of shooting 16-year-old Arthur Mattingly in his Portland neighborhood in June of 2004. The prosecutor tells us she believes the two were fighting over a girl.

Since Wright was a no show in court Monday, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Downey says that means all deals are off.

Downey says, accoreing to the agreement, if Wright "violated any of the terms of his release or if he failed to appear today, he agreed to serve 17 years, which were the sentences on both cases run back to back. And he forfeited the right to ask for probation or for shock probation."

The judge issued a $250,000 warrant for Wright's arrest. Arthur Mattingly's family told us they were frustrated by the deal to even let Wright out of jail while he was awaiting sentencing.

The prosecutor says it was a judgment call, but one with plenty of consequences.

Online Reporter: Carrie Weil

Online Producer: Michael Dever