Sacto 9-1-1
April 2, 2013
Gunman in cabbie murder sentenced to life in prison

The man who shot and killed a cab driver in a 2010 robbery outside a North Highlands apartment building was sentenced today to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Jermaine John Campbell, 21, received the term from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan for the murder of James Walker, 54.

Meegan told Campbell that he "has not accepted a moral code" throughout his life. She noted that Campbell's repeated smirks and smiles at today's sentencing and his demeanor throughout the trial represented "an insult to the memory of the victim in this matter."

Carla Walker, the wife of the slain cab driver, told the court about her pain from her husband's death and how "we won't be able to replace what we lost."

Campbell admitted in his trial testimony to killing Walker. He said today "I would apologize, but it ain't going to bring him back."

Campbell was arrested and charged with two other men for the Oct. 18, 2010, killing of Walker. One of his co-defendants, Jonathan Steven Hudson, 21, was convicted of first-degree murder. He is scheduled for sentencing on April 26. The third defendant in the case, Antoine Lee Taylor, 23, was acquitted.

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