YOUNGSTOWN Mother of murdered man asks for tough sentence
Two men are still awaiting trial on murder charges.
By BOB JACKSON
VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Sharon Shackleford asked that a man convicted of helping to kill her son be given "the maximum sentence allowed and then some."
But Judge Maureen A. Cronin said there was only one sentence she could give, and sentenced Lorice Moore to 18 years to life in prison.
Moore, 25, of McGuffey Road, was convicted by a jury last week of complicity to murder in the March shooting death of 29-year-old Stephen Shackleford of McBride Street.
Under Ohio law, the conviction carries a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison. An additional three years, also mandatory, was imposed because a gun was used to commit the crime.
Second to be tried
Moore was the second person to be tried in Shackleford's murder. Another jury found Eddie Bryant innocent in July. Two other men, Armin Moore and Calvin Moore, are also charged with murder in the shooting and are awaiting trial.
In a letter to the judge, Mrs. Shackleford said her doctor did not allow her to attend Lorice Moore's trial or sentencing because she'd suffered a heart attack the night of Bryant's acquittal.
The letter was read by Shackleford's aunt, Vickie Kennedy of Youngstown.
In it, Mrs. Shackleford said the men who shot her son are cowards, and said she'll now take over the task of rearing Stephen Shackleford's four children.
Moore did not comment before he was sentenced.
Assistant Prosecutor Michael Maillis said Shackleford had been in a scuffle with Armin and Lorice Moore shortly before the shooting. The two later returned with Bryant and Calvin Moore.
Police said Lorice Moore chased Shackleford out the back door of his home at the Victory Annex housing complex into the back yard, where Bryant was waiting with a gun.
Both men fired, police said, and Shackleford was shot three times in the back, collapsing in the middle of McBride Street.