South Bend teen's smirk earns him maximum sentence in slaying

South Bend teen's smirk earns him maximum sentence in slaying

South Bend teen's smirk earns him maximum sentence in slaying

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM

   SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement.
 
   St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jane Woodward Miller chastised 18-year-old Damontray Lovelady during Tuesday's hearing to determine his punishment for firing shots at a group of teenagers last September. Jhaelon Johnson died in the shooting.
 
   Lovelady has pleaded guilty to a murder charge.
 
   The South Bend Tribune reports Lovelady's punishment was capped at 50 years under a plea agreement reached with the state.
 
   Lovelady's attorney asked for the minimum sentence of 45 years with five years of probation.
 
   Woodward Miller said Lovelady's smirk showed a lack of remorse and sentenced him to the maximum.
 

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