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Wilson's attorney described his client as a tortured soul who still blames himself for the tragic death of his little sister.
"He just never recovered from being an 11-year-old boy who runs away from his sister to talk to his mother before John Horton does what he does," said attorney Carl Cornwell.
Cornwell said his client still feels guilty for what happened to his sister, Lizbeth Wilson, who was kidnapped and killed in 1974 as she walked home alone from the swimming pool. Horton, a janitor at Shawnee Mission East, kidnapped and killed her and dumped the body in rural Lenexa.
"You can't live with that," Cornwell said. "You can't live with that."
In March of 2008, a jury convicted Horton of first-degree murder. Two months later, Wilson got into a fight with his wife. After he threatened to leave her and she doused his clothes with gasoline, Cornwell said Wilson defended himself against her by pushing and shoving her. Wilson said she fell against a cabinet and got cut.
Wilson and his wife had been married only six months before the incident. Cornwell said they both drank too much. He also said Wilson was so distraught that he tried to commit suicide with a box cutter.
"He did not want the publicity," said Cornwell. "He did not want to besmirch his sister's name, so he decided in his words to check out and he bled and bled but he didn't bleed enough."
A jury could have convicted Wilson on Friday for attempted murder, kidnapping and rape, but after looking at all the evidence, they decided to find him guilty of battery. He faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison. Wilson will be sentenced in November.
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