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

By: Associated Press and NewsCenter 16 Email
By: Associated Press and NewsCenter 16 Email

South Bend, Ind. 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.

His 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.

The shooting happened in September 2012 in the 3100 block of West Washington Street.

Witnesses say teenagers were walking along Washington Street, when a car, driven by Lovelady, slowed down next to them.

The two groups got into an argument, and Lovelady reportedly opened fire and then sped off.


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