Man gets 11 to 15 years for death of accomplice

YOUNGSTOWN — Zion Q. Gilmore, 21, who pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated burglary in the Sept. 15, 2020, shooting death of an accomplice to an aggravated burglary, was sentenced to 11 to 15 years in prison Monday.

Authorities said Gilmore and Theaplus Redmond Jr., 19, broke into a house in the 200 block of Salt Springs Road, and Redmond was shot in the process. Gilmore and Redmond were armed, prosecutors in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court said.

Under Ohio law, if a person participates in an activity that results in someone being killed, the participant can be convicted of murder — even if he or she is not the actual killer, prosecutors said.

A man and woman were in the home at the time Gilmore and Redmond broke in, prosecutors said. Gilmore has a child with the woman. At some point, Redmond was fatally shot, but prosecutors said they were unable to say for certain which person killed Redmond. All of the parties except Redmond were gone when police arrived.

Tom Zena, Gilmore’s lawyer, said evidence shows that the woman texted a man to remain in the house because Gilmore was coming over.

Zena also said that after Gilmore and Redmond broke in, Gilmore “ran up the steps.” The shooting of Redmond took place on the first-floor living room, Zena said.

Zena said he believes the man in the house is the one who shot Redmond.

“Mr. Gilmore was not even in the room when the shooting occurred,” Zena said.

An Indianapolis news outlet reported that Redmond was a 2020 graduate of Fort Wayne’s North High School, where he was a football standout.

The Associated Press named him an all-state honorable mention defensive lineman in January 2020.

Gilmore’s sentence is indefinite because of changes in state law under the Reagan Tokes, under which a judge selects a minimum sentence and a maximum sentence of an additional 50 percent of the minimum sentence.

Release from prison is presumed to occur at the expiration of the minimum sentence. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction may, under certain circumstances, seek more than the minimum sentence.

The DRC also may reduce the minimum sentence by 5 percent to 15 percent for exceptional conduct or an adjustment to incarceration with the approval of the sentencing court.


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