Judge Rejects Plea Deal Of Former Investment Advisor

Posted at 6:54 PM, Dec 19, 2016

A former Brentwood investment advisor was in federal court this afternoon for sentencing, but the case took a surprising twist when the judge announced that the agreed upon sentence wasn't long enough.

Earlier this year, John Wilson pled guilty to fraud charges after NewsChannel 5 Investigates exposed how he'd stolen the life savings of his elderly clients. His plea deal called for five years behind bars.

But, judge Kevin Sharp rejected the plea agreement, saying Wilson deserved at least double that for what he'd done. Wilson then immediately withdrew his guilty plea.

He must decide whether to try to work out another plea deal or go to trial.

Some of Wilson's victims and their families were in court Monday and said afterwards they were glad the judge wasn't letting Wilson get off easy, though they're still frustrated that they'll likely never get any of the nearly $1 million back that Wilson was accused of taking.