Joseph M. Schmitz was sentenced on Friday morning in a Madison courtroom to 15 years in prison on a first-degree manslaughter charge resulting from the April 2016 shooting death of Corina Booth at a Lake Madison residence.
In the Third Circuit Court courtroom, Judge Patrick Pardy sentenced Schmitz, who is in his late 40s, to the prison term and a $50,000 fine. Pardy ordered Schmitz to pay more than $460,000 in restitution, about $450,000 to Lake County for costs related to preparations for a jury trial and about $14,000 to the Booth family.
Following state law, Pardy gave Schmitz 434 days of jail time toward fulfilling his prison sentence.
Schmitz was also ordered to have no contact with the late Corina Booth's family and friends.
During his comments from the bench, Pardy told Booth's family and friends seated in the courtroom gallery that there was nothing that he could say to bring them comfort. Pardy spoke about letters -- one from Booth's mother -- and other communications that told him the victim possessed "so much class" and was "full of love."
"She loved you and you loved her," Pardy said.
Two of Booth's brothers spoke to the court during the hearing about the family's loss, saying she was a "bright light" and it was "heart-breaking" that the family had suffered such a great loss.
"We will all miss her," one brother said. "We all feel her loss each and every day."
The Friday sentencing hearing, originally scheduled to start at 9 a.m., started about 90 minutes late. Schmitz was transported to the Madison hospital for an examination because he demonstrated some signs of unresponsiveness earlier in the morning. A certified nurse practitioner examined Schmitz at the Madison Regional Health System, the Madison hospital, and initially found him lying down with his eyes closed and nonverbal.
During a short motions hearing held before the sentencing hearing, the CNP testified by phone before Pardy that Schmitz' eye pupils did respond to light when they were shined upon, he did have motor control of his arm, and an EKG test showed no abnormalities. Schmitz was also able to ask for water to drink.
The CNP said she found no medical reason why Schmitz could not be involved in the sentencing proceedings.
Pardy seemed to agree with the CNP's determination, remarking from the bench about the "shenanigans of this morning."
Pardy notified Schmitz that he had 30 days to appeal his sentence.