A Columbus man was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to a woman's death from three years ago.
The judge took the recommendation from the state and sentenced Barber to 20 years with 14 to serve. he was also ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the family.
Rutherford broke her neck and was paralyzed, but later died from her injuries.
Overnight, prosecutors said Barber told police he possibly snapped and pushed Rutherford after he was called a "water weight."
Barber apologized in court Wednesday before pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
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#HAPPENINGNOW Wesley Barber is appearing before a Superior Court judge for sentencing. Yesterday, he entered a guilty plea for the death of Shanita Rutherford. Rutherford broke her neck and was paralyzed after being pushed over a porch. Recommended 20 years with 14 to serve. pic.twitter.com/pmRVHqGsKG— Sharifa Jackson WTVM (@SharifaJWTVM) August 9, 2018
The victim’s mother, Ms. Rutherford is reading her personal impact statement. Her letter titled, “My Babygirl” expresses grief and how the death as her daughter has “destroyed her whole life.” @WTVM pic.twitter.com/nEb3z2Ckjy— Sharifa Jackson WTVM (@SharifaJWTVM) August 9, 2018
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