Man gets life prison term in Warren aggravated murder
Shawn Hope, convicted of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the death of John Kellar, was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility of parole after 44 years .
Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court sentenced Hope this morning.
Hope pleaded with the judge, saying the ordeal has been hard on him mentally and he acted in self-defense.
Prosecutor Chris Becker said Hope's actions, including kidnapping Kellar's fiancee Tabitha Powell, stealing her van and fleeing to Michigan, is contradictory to a self-defense situation.
Prosecutors say Hope shot Kellar twice and fled, and Kellar may have lived if Hope had called for help rather than fleeing.
A victim advocate read a statement from Tabitha Powell, in which she wrote she lost the love of her life because of Hope's actions. Kellar's mother, Kathy Kellar, gave an emotional statement about how the loss of her son has affected her family.
Becker said he is satisfied with Judge Logan's sentence.
Judge Logan told the court Hope is a danger to society, especially because of his past criminal record.