Will jury recommend death penalty for man convicted of killing 2 Putnam County boys?
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PUTNAM COUNTY,Fla. – Mark Wilson Jr., the man convicted of murdering two young brothers in 2020, will be formally sentenced by a judge on Friday.

Last year, a jury recommended Wilson be put to death for beating and stabbing 14-year-old Tayten Baker and his 12-year-old brother, Robert, to death as they slept inside their Melrose home in Putnam County.

Wilson’s public defender is still asking for the judge to override the jury’s recommendation for a death sentence.

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Court records show Wilson’s attorney filed a 22-page document two weeks ago.

In this document, the attorney discusses his traumatic childhood, his good behavior in court and behind bars, and said that Wilson can be rehabilitated.

She argues the attack was not something planned and therefore did not fully meet the legal standard.

The attorney notes Wilson was sexually assaulted in elementary school, experienced emotional and physical abuse and neglect, and suffered brain damage.

Wilson’s attorney also said he expressed remorse for the crimes, going back to statements he made at his Spencer hearing last month.

“Your Honor, I am sorry for all that I have done,” Wilson said. “If I could take it back, I would. Sara, Kaitlyn, Mom, and all the families, I am sorry.”

The document goes on to cite Robert and Tayten’s family directly saying, “A life sentence will allow the Baker family to have closure, an end to appeals, and continued hearings that may last for decades.”

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However, the victims’ family members have publicly said they want Wilson to die for this crime.

Wilson’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Putnam County court.

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