Man convicted of killing Racine police officer John Hetland sentenced to life in prison
Police say Ward shot Racine Officer John Hetland during an armed robbery in June of 2019 at Teezers bar.
Family of both Hetland and Ward were in court for the sentencing hearing. The homicide all but guaranteed a life sentence, but there was a question of a possibility for extended supervision eligibility. However, the judge ruled Ward would never be eligible for it.
"Given that Mr. Hetland, Officer John Hetland, will never see and be in the community ever again, it is the intent and purpose of this sentence that you will not either," said Judge Timothy Boyle.
Ward will also be required to pay restitution to the family of Officer Hetland. The amount is yet to be determined.
A restitution hearing is scheduled for April 5.