Toledo man sentenced to more than 4 years in woman's death

Denzil Wells
Denzil Wells
Nicole Sours with her mother
Nicole Sours with her mother

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Monday was sentencing day for a convicted killer. Denzil Wells had previously pleaded guilty to the April death of Nicole Sours.

In court, family members of Sours got the chance to tell Wells how they feel about him, how much they miss Nicole, and how they are unsatisfied with his sentence.

Sours' mother had strong words for her daughter's killer.

"On Judgment Day he will stand in front of God. Will he tell God what he did? Oh, that's right! God already knows what he did. I think we all know where he's going on Judgment Day," she said.

Wells, 41, admitted to strangling Sours to death after her body was found in his apartment on April 13. Wells addressed the courtroom, apologizing to her family and admitting he only knew Sours for a short time.

"Nikki and I only had a handful of hours to really get to know each other but despite the lack of time we had fun and enjoyed each other's company to the fullest," he read from a prepared statement.

Judge Zmuda wasn't pleased, calling Wells a violent man.

"To you it is as commonplace for you to mistreat a woman as it is for the rest of us to breathe air. That's what makes you a very dangerous man and you know it," Judge Zmuda told him.

Wells was ordered to serve three years for reckless homicide, one year for obstructing justice and 256 days for a parole violation. This was all part of a plea deal.

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