Whitefish Bay man sentenced to life in prison for fatal road rage shooting of DOC sergeant
Thirty-six-year-old Matthew Wilks was convicted on one count of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon on Feb. 25.
Smith, a sergeant at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility for the Wisconsin DOC, was teaching her 17-year-old son to drive near 51st and Capitol when Wilks hit the car she was in.
Police say he shot her and fled the scene. Wilks claimed it was self-defense.
Smith's son drove her to the hospital with the help of witnesses, where she was pronounced deceased.
Friends say Smith had worked for the DOC for more than 20 years.