Parents of slain boy decry sentence



Pam McCoy knows there’s a chance she’ll see Marcus Yager out in public within a few days, possibly with Yager’s young son, and it will bother her.

“It will be hard to see him playing with his son, knowing that he took part in killing my son,” she said Tuesday in the Trumbull County Courthouse after Yager received a one-year prison sentence for his role in the shooting deaths of Pam McCoy’s 11-year-old son, Lloyd McCoy Jr., and Marvin Chaney, 26.

Lloyd was a sixth- grader at Warren’s Willard K-8 school.

Because Yager gets credit for more than a year he has served in the county jail, he will be released as soon as his paperwork is completed in a couple of days, said Chris Becker, assistant county prosecutor.

On June 17, 2009, Yager pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and obstruction of justice, reduced from his original charges of complicity to murder, which carried a life prison sentence.

Pam and Lloyd McCoy Sr. said they believe Yager, 23, of Vine Avenue Northeast, deserves the five years in prison he could have gotten.

Prosecutors promised Yager they would recommend he get between one and five years in prison if he cooperated with authorities and testified at the trials of his two co-defendants, Eugene Henderson, 26, and Eugene Cumberbatch, 27, both of Warren.

Becker said Yager did everything he was asked and passed a lie-detector test indicating that he was in the car the night of April 13, 2009, when Henderson and Cumberbatch fired dozens of bullets into a house on Wick Street Southeast, but Yager never fired a shot.

Prosecutors and the McCoys say they don’t know exactly how much involvement Yager had in planning the shooting, but Pam McCoy noted that Yager was involved two weeks before the shootings when he, Henderson and Cumberbatch drove to the Wick Street home asking about Chaney.

“He did the right thing by testifying, but he did the wrong thing by getting into the car,” Lloyd McCoy Sr. said in court of Yager.

“It was peanuts,” McCoy Sr. said of the reasons the three men went to Chaney’s house, where Lloyd Jr. and other family members were visiting their sister, Brittnay McCoy, Chaney’s girlfriend.

Prosecutors have said the men targeted Chaney because Chaney had stolen $3,000 from them.

Yager testified the three didn’t think any children would be in the house.

Becker said Yager has told prosecutors he did not know Henderson and Cumberbatch were going to shoot up the house and kill anyone. Becker said Yager had a nearly clean record, unlike Henderson and Cumberbatch.

“He wasn’t as naive as he would like people to think,” Pam McCoy said of Yager. “We all make choices, and choices have consequences. [Yager] made a choice to be in the car that night. He made the choice not to go to the police, so I don’t agree with any of it,” she said of Yager’s sentence.

Before sentencing, Judge Logan said Yager made the right choices on the “back end” by testifying against Henderson and Cumberbatch, but, “People need to make the right decisions on the front end.”

Cumberbatch received a prison sentence of 38 years to life on two counts of aggravated murder. Henderson was convicted last month on those charges and awaits sentencing.

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