JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The man convicted of shooting and killing a Jacksonville cab driver in a case that happened a year ago was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.
Rohbanni Wilson, 24, faces a minimum mandatory life sentence for the first-degree murder of 43-year-old Stuart Carson (pictured below). He also was sentenced to life in prison for one count of armed robbery and 15 years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The sentences will run consecutively.
Stuart Carson's family members gave victim impact statements during Wilson's sentencing hearing Thursday.
"Just think, if you didn't pull that trigger, you could be with your daughter and living a good life. Well we all could be. But because of you, we can't. At least your daughter can visit you in jail. I can't visit my daddy in heaven," Stuart Carson's daughter, 13-year-old Kayla Carson, said. "You took away the best daddy ever. … I wish I could wake up every morning and see him on the couch and tell him I love him, and I can't because of you."
"I miss him every moment of every day. He was the love of my life, my everything," Carson's wife, Kelly Carson said.
For the family, Thursday's hearing was as much a healing process as it was a chance to look the man found guilty of killing Carson in the eye.
"I did it for my dad, and I did it so Rohbanni can know exactly how I feel," Kayla said. "I feel like if I didn't read that, and I didn't look him in the eye today, then I would go home and be sad for the rest of my life."
"I'm so proud of her," Kelly Carson said of her daughter. "She's been very strong this past year. She's stronger than I am. I'm very proud of her."
The teenager's emotional speech moved Judge Mark Borello as well.
"Before you leave, I want to tell you something. We don't often see bravery in the courtroom," Borello told Kayla. "That was one of the bravest things I've seen for you to come up here and say that on behalf of your dad. He'd be real proud of you."
In June 2014, officers found Stuart Carson dead inside of his cab on West 27th Street on the Northside. The investigation revealed that Stuart Carson, a Gator City Taxi driver, picked up Wilson from the Mayport area and drove him to the Northside. When they arrived, Wilson pulled out his gun, robbed the victim and shot him in the head. Wilson then fled the scene, leaving Stuart Carson inside the running cab.
Wilson was later arrested after the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service tracked him down.
Wilson's sister, Nikkea Mitchell, spoke during Thursday's sentencing, saying she believes Wilson is a good man.
"I honestly think deep down in my spirit and soul that he couldn't have done it," Mitchell said.
Wilson also spoke at the hearing but did not say anything to Stuart Carson's family.