UPDATE: Victim's Mother Pleads For Tougher Sentence

By: Steve Doty Email
By: Steve Doty Email

"Well to us Shayla was not just a victim in a criminal case. To us she was very much an alive person," a tearful Lori Black, Johnson's mother, said.

In a final push by the prosecution, Shayla Johnson's mother went up in front of Judge Economy to push for a life sentence for 15-year-old Charles Lewis, Jr.

"My daughter was in her home and asleep in her bed and these men came to her and beat her with guns and drug her to a car and tossed her in the trunk like yesterday's garbage," Black said.

Lewis Jr. sat with little emotion as he and his mother listened to Shayla Johnson's parents plead for a tougher sentence.

"Child or not, Lewis is at an age where he knows right from wrong and he knew exactly what was happening that night," she said.

Lewis Jr. was found guilty in connection to the July 2010 murder of Shayla Johnson. His defense has pushed for a juvenile sentence or a delayed sentence. A delayed sentence would put Lewis Jr. behind bars until he's 21 and then reevaluate his sentence. The defense has pushed for a light sentence because of Lewis Jr's. improved behavior in recent months.

The prosecution has argued recent behavior isn't enough to give the 15-year-old a juvenile sentence.

"Knowing the child's past I do not feel he can be rehabilitated or become a productive member of society," Black said.

Judge Economy will hand down his sentence on Friday. News10 will be in court and will have complete coverage.

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