AUSTIN (KXAN) — Following their guilty verdict Thursday, jurors decided Friday that Kaitlin Armstrong would face a 90-year sentence for the murder of pro cyclist “Mo” Wilson.
Following the juror’s decision, a judge sentenced Armstrong to the recommended 90 years in prison, as well as a 10,000 fine.
The decision was made following several hours of deliberations from the jury.
Armstrong killed Wilson in 2022 while Wilson was in town for a gravel race.
After the sentencing, Wilson’s mother Karen and her best friend Caitlin Cash had the opportunity to take the stand and address Armstrong directly.
“Kaitlin Armstrong, I’m not sure if my words can penetrate your heart, but I’m going to try,” Karen said. “I hate what you did to my beautiful daughter. It was very selfish and cowardly. She was an amazing listener. She would have cared about your feelings.”
Cash was the one who Wilson stayed with while visiting Austin. She called 911 when she found Wilson on the floor covered in blood.
“If we’re not willing to risk catastrophic failure, we’re probably not dreaming, living or loving the right way,” she said on the stand. “That is profound. That is powerful. That is Mo. We have to be grateful to her. Those closest to her knew she had no limits. It was an honor, a privilege, to be in her orbit, even if only for a short time.”
You can see more coverage of Karen’s and Cash’s statements through KXAN’s Brianna Hollis’ posts on the social media platform “X” below.
KAITLIN ARMSTRONG SENTENCE: We've just been let back into the courtroom. The jury started its deliberations on Armstrong's murder sentence around 10:45 a.m. pic.twitter.com/nX0tmSf5Ll— Brianna Hollis (@BriHollisNEWS) November 17, 2023
After Judge Brenda Kennedy read the guilty verdict Thursday, both sides called witnesses for the punishment portion of the testimony.
For the State, Wilson’s parents, brother and best friend spoke on the victim’s behalf. They all – through tears – spoke to her kindness, grit, determination and athletic prowess. Her family recounted the night they learned she was killed.
“She didn’t deserve to die like that,” Karen, Wilson’s mother, said.
Wilson’s family launched a foundation in her honor with the mission of promoting “healthy living and community building by supporting organizations dedicated to expanding access to recreation, sports, and educational programs.”
Armstrong’s father and sister spoke on her behalf, as well as a woman who worked with her through a prison outreach program.