Another defendant in Pamelia man’s murder going to prison


Another defendant in Pamelia man’s murder going to prison

WATERTOWN — The mother of the town of Pamelia man murdered last year wants to know how five codefendants could decide to go to her son’s home and kill him while he was playing Xbox. Speaking at his sentencing on Wednesday, Jenna Johnson expressed dissatisfaction that Shawn O. Moore Jr. received 15 years to life in state prison in the murder of her son Tyler, 20. The family believes the killers should spend the rest of their lives in prison.Mr. Johnson was shot to death on May 18, 2017, during a botched robbery at his Pamelia home. Mr. Johnson, who was shot in the neck, died of his injuries later that day at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. “Why would people with a gun kill a kid playing Xbox?” she said.About a dozen of Mr. Johnson’s family members and friends sat in the Jefferson County courtroom while Moore learned his fate.“It’s been a long process,” one of the family members told a court officer while he was leaving.Mrs. Johnson’s family has not been able to enjoy the holidays because they are waiting for all the defendants to go through the justice system, she told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz.It won’t be all over until 2019, she said. The killing has left their lives forever changed, Mrs. Johnson said.Mr. Johnson’s younger brother acts out with anger since the murder, while his younger sister barely remembers him, she said. Moore, 27, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to second-degree murder. During Tuesday’s sentencing, Moore said he was sorry for what he did and asked the family to forgive him.“I’m asking to get forgiveness,” he said, “not because I deserve it, but because you deserve peace.”Moore, who has an unusual walk, stayed in the car during the attempted robbery and shooting because he was afraid the victim would recognize him. They were friends.Moore’s lawyer, Adam Matteson, said he was satisfied with the sentence.“Given what the charges were and what the district attorney was offering, this was the best he was going to get as far as a plea bargain,” Mr. Matteson said.On Oct. 26, another codefendant, Jamaal Carr, was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.Two others — Sammy L. Brown, 27, and Devon Davis — were in the victim’s bedroom. Brown was sentenced to 24 years to life and 1½ to three years for the other charges after he was convicted during a trial in July. Brown fired the fatal shot. Carr was at the murder scene when it happened. He was inside Mr. Johnson’s garage.Another codefendant, Taylor I. Beckstead, 21, pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 and is expected to receive 15 years to life in state prison for her role in the murder when she’s sentenced on Wednesday. Davis pleaded guilty on Oct. 31. He’s expected to receive 18 years in prison for his involvement.Beckstead was not at the scene but admitted to helping plan the robbery and picked up Moore from the scene afterward. The codefendants knew that Mr. Johnson had a safe that contained money, marijuana and other drugs, according to information that came out during the trial. Moore, Carr and Davis served with each other at Fort Drum. Moore and Brown are cousins, while Beckstead was dating Moore, Another codefendant, Christopher M. O’Connor, Watertown, also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy for his role in the death of the man he once called his best friend. However, he did not participate in the robbery and shooting.
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Another defendant in Pamelia man’s murder going to prison

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