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Judge sentences Birmingham man to death after shootings

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A judge sentenced Esau “Wolf” Jackson to death for killing two people at an intersection in Ensley last year. Two others were wounded in the shooting.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Gloria Bahakel on Friday sentenced Jackson to die by lethal injection for the Feb. 1, 2006, shooting deaths of Pamela Montgomery, 42, and Milton Poole III, 16.

Jurors last month voted 10-2 in recommending a death sentence.

Jackson also received consecutive life sentences for attempted murder of two of Montgomery’s children, Shaniece Montgomery, 22, and Denaris Montgomery, 18.

About 30 students from Wenonah High School were in court to observe the sentencing.

“I want to tell the children out there, when you’re out on the streets, take it home. You could wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Jackson told them.

Wenonah principal Regina Carr-Hunter lost a son to a fatal carjacking in 2001.

“When I tell youngsters to stay out of the streets, I’m for real,” Jackson said.

He admitted a life of crime, but maintained his innocence to the Ensley murders.

Before he died, however, Poole identified Jackson as the shooter.

Jurors heard several theories about a motive for the shooting, including that Jackson was angry after discovering he and Milton Poole were dating the same girl, or he blamed Poole’s mother for interfering with his drug dealing.

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