Murdered teen's mother speaks out after son's killer smiles at sentencing

Posted at 11:37 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 23:37:39-04

Karen Klee says every day is a struggle. It's been that way since October 4th, 2016. That's the day her son Jordan was robbed and killed.

"It's like a nightmare I keep living over and over again," she says.

Last month, Klee was in court for Dante Wright's sentencing. He confessing to shooting and killing Jordan. Klee had a statement prepared to read, but in court that day, she saw Wright smiling and appearing as though he didn't care about what was happening. Klee had her cousin read her statement instead.

"Just the emotions of seeing him laugh, thinking it was a joke.. I just realized that I couldn't stand there and do it," she says.

Klee says the video of Wright's sentencing has gone viral and people from all over the country have reached out to her, sharing her outrage and offering condolences.

After seeing Wright's demeanor .. the judge offered prosecutors time to reconsider their sentence agreement for 25 to 52 years in prison. Klee says told them a trial would be too much.

"I have a difficult time functioning daily. I think going to trial daily would have crushed me," she says.

Jordan was planning on starting school at U of M to pursue engineering. Now, instead of getting Jordan ready for college, Klee is doing her best to get by every day without him.

Sentencing for the other 2 defendants in this case is scheduled for September.