MILWAUKEE – A man convicted of shooting a woman in the head during a domestic violence-related homicide will spend the rest of his life in prison.
In court on Monday, a judge sentenced 39-year-old Milwaukee man Arnell Gilmer to serve life in prison, with an additional five years for the penalty enhancer, five years in prison and five years extended supervision on the second count – to be served consecutively.
In June, a jury found Gilmer guilty, convicted on two charges: first-degree intentional homicide (penalties for felonies, Class A felony, use of a dangerous weapon) and one count of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony.
“I think she always attracted people that needed help. That’s what it was,” said Lisa Briggs, the victim’s sister.
Briggs said it was painful watching her sister, Teneya Little, continue a relationship with a violent man.
“She felt like he was good – that he just needed someone there for him or to love him,” Briggs told WITI-TV.
Little was found fatally shot in the head on May 22, 2016 near 94th and Bradley around 3 a.m. She was found in an upstairs bedroom, sitting on the floor. When officers asked Gilmer where the gun was, he pointed towards a bedroom closet. A .357 Magnum revolver was recovered from the closet, which contained one spent shell casing.
A criminal complaint states Little’s two teenage children were also inside the home at the time of the shooting.
“When he actually did it, he came into their room, told them he accidentally killed their mom,” Briggs said.
The criminal complaint indicates investigators learned Gilmer told the victim’s children: “I just blew your mama’s brains out. I forgot it was loaded. I shouldn’t have put the bullets in.”
Briggs said, over the last few years, her sister was stressed, losing weight and withdrawing from family.
“She didn’t want us to know nothing. She moved so we didn’t know where she lived,” Briggs said.
According to the complaint, after the shooting, as officials worked to move Gilmer from the upstairs of the home to a squad car outside, he repeatedly stated he “(expletive) up” and “it wasn’t supposed to happen this way.”
As Gilmer was transported to jail, the complaint indicates he made several statements, including saying he had shot Little in the head and killed her.
In April of 2016, Gilmer was charged with substantial battery for allegedly heating a kitchen knife on the stove and using it to burn Little on her arm.
“He wanted her to drop the charges, but she didn’t. That’s when he verbally told her he was going to kill her if she didn’t drop the charges,” Briggs said.
An autopsy was performed on Little after the shooting, and the medical examiner determined she had suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head – fired at close range. Her death was ruled a homicide.
The complaint also made reference to a 2007 case – where Gilmer was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine).
Gilmer had two warrants out for his arrest at the time of the homicide. He has a lengthy criminal history – and he was even featured on FOX6’s Wisconsin’s Most Wanted in 2014.