Jaray Wilson's Family Finally Gains Some Closure After McGee Murder Sentencing
ARAPAHO, Oklahoma - Charged in connection with the murder of Weatherford teen, JaRay Wilson, Tucker McGee was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
More than two years after Wilson went missing, her family said they've finally gained some closure.
Tucker McGee was 10 days short of turning 18 the day he killed JaRay Wilson in October of 2012. He could have been facing the death penalty, but since he was 17 at the time, he received the maximum sentence of life without parole.
JaRay Wilson's mother said she knows exactly how long it's taken to get to this day.
“Two years, six months, and six days,” said Jara Wilson, JaRay's mother.
Wilson's family and friends wept as the judge sentenced Tucker McGee, but McGee remained stone-faced and emotionless.
“He took everything from us. Everything. Our only child. We'll never be grandparents. We'll never get to see her grow up. Know what she could have been,” said Wilson.
For 14 months JaRay's family searched for their missing daughter.
McGee's defense attorney said his client was high on K2 and hallucinating when he killed her.
“A lot of people have been messed up on drugs and they didn't murder someone,” she said.
But in the swift 15 minute sentencing, the judge followed the jury's recommendation of life without parole.
“JaRay can finally rest in peace. That was the first thing I thought of,” said Jara Wilson.
As part of his plea agreement in exchange for his testimony against McGee, Cody Godfrey pleaded guilty to Accessory after the Fact Monday. Godfrey admitted to moving JaRay's body after her murder.
“His testimony was very important to the case. Without his testimony I don't know if we would have ever found JaRay Wilson,” said prosecutor Angela Marsee.
In January 2014, Godfrey led investigators to the area where Wilson's body was found buried in a shallow grave. Her skull was cracked, and had what appeared to be a gunshot wound.
“She's not a victim. She's a person that deserved way more than she got,” said JaRay's mother.
Caleb Mclemore was also charged with Accessory after the Fact for his role in the murder. He's currently serving a 25-year sentence.