Youth con­nected to fa­tal shoot­ing sen­tenced in Ohio

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Al­li­son Reamer

A teen boy who TOLEDO — set up a Jan­uary drug deal that led to a West Toledo man be­ing shot told a judge Mon­day he takes full re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions.

“I can’t blame any­one but my­self,” De­jion Sta­ples-Press­ley, now 18, told Lu­cas County Ju­ve­nile Court Judge Con­nie Zem­mel­man. He was sen­tenced Mon­day, Nov. 13, to a min­i­mum of six months in the Youth Treat­ment Cen­ter — which seeks to re­ha­bil­i­tate ju­ve­nile of­fend­ers — for two counts of com­plic­ity, both first-de­gree felonies.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said Brian Roberts, 42, and an­other man met Sta­ples-Press­ley and his co-de­fen­dant, Cayvon Wells, 17 for a drug deal in Jan­uary in the 2000 block of Bar­rows Street. Sta­ples-Press­ley pre­vi­ously tes­ti­fied he planned to rob the men of drugs so he could use the funds to make mu­sic in a stu­dio.

Pros­e­cu­tors be­lieve the Wells youth shot Mr. Roberts during a scuf­fle. Mr. Roberts died of a sin­gle gun­shot wound to the chest, ac­cord­ing to the Lu­cas County Coro­ner’s Of­fice. He is charged with mur­der and ag­gra­vated rob­bery — both first-de­gree felonies. He is be­ing tried as an adult.

Sta­ples-Press­ley will be at the treat­ment cen­ter for a min­i­mum of six months, al­though bad be­hav­ior or any sign that he may not be re­ha­bil­i­tated could send him to the De­ten­tion of Youth Ser­vices un­til he is 21, Judge Zem­mel­man said.

Judge Zem­mel­man ad­dressed Mr.Roberts’ mother, who sat in the court pews be­hind Sta­ples-Press­ley. She wrapped her arms around her­self as she cried.

“I can’t imag­ine what you’re go­ing through,” the judge told the mother, who lost her only son.

Lori Olen­der, deputy chief of the ju­ve­nile di­vi­sion of the county pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice, ar­gued Mon­day that send­ing the youth to the treat­ment cen­ter doesn’t send the right mes­sage to other of­fend­ers. In ju­ve­nile court alone, there have been six homi­cide-re­lated cases this year, she said.

“The mes­sage that this sends to other youths who get in­volved in this, it doesn’t mat­ter that he has no record, he started at the top,” she said. “He didn’t pick some­thing small and grad­u­ally go up to it. That doesn’t make it any less se­vere, your Honor... We’re talk­ing about the loss of a life and it’s at his hand be­cause as he tes­ti­fied, your Honor in court, he is the one who set up the drug deal and the per­son with the gun came later. He knows this per­son to carry a gun.”

Lu­cas County Judge Con­nie Zem­mel­man

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