YOUNGSTOWN 2nd man convicted of killing student
The victim's mother said she will ask the judge for maximum prison sentences.
By BOB JACKSON
VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jane Treasic said sitting through the trials of two men accused of killing her son was the second-hardest thing she's ever done.
"The hardest thing was burying him," Treasic said, wiping tears from her eyes.
Her comments came moments after William Vaughn was taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs, convicted by a six-man, six-woman jury of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. Each charge carries a firearm specification, which adds a mandatory three years each to any prison sentence imposed.
The jury deliberated about two hours Thursday and one hour Friday before returning with the verdict.
Vaughn, 22, of Berwick Avenue, and Freddie Lewis, 20, of Tacoma Avenue, each face a maximum of 36 years to life in prison when they are sentenced Tuesday by Judge Maureen A. Cronin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
Will seek maximum sentence
Lewis was convicted of similar charges last week by a different jury. Treasic said she intends to ask Judge Cronin to impose the maximum penalty for both men.
"As Justin's mother, it wouldn't be fair if I didn't ask for that," she said, noting that she feels badly for the families of Vaughn and Lewis.
Prosecutors said Lewis and Vaughn drove 21-year-old Justin Treasic to a vacant field near Ada Street and Poplar Avenue, supposedly to buy marijuana from him, Feb. 21, 2002.
Once they got there, Vaughn got out of the car with Justin, pulled out a gun, shot him in the head and arm, and took marijuana from his pockets. Justin died the next day at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mrs. Treasic knows that her son was wrong to have been selling marijuana, but insisted that "he was a good boy."
Justin was majoring in biology at Youngstown State University and hoped to one day become a doctor, Mrs. Treasic said during the trial.