CONFESSED Murderer COLLAPSES In Court After Ohio Judge Sentences Him To LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE!!
After denying a man's request to withdraw his guilty plea in a 3-year-old murder case, a Hamilton County judge sentenced him to life in prison.
Jaleel Smith-Riley, 23, pleaded guilty on Aug. 11 to aggravated murder and attempted murder, but decided to withdraw his plea against the advice of his attorneys. On Wednesday, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Charles Kubicki rejected Smith-Riley's change of heart and sentenced him life in prison without possibility of parole.
After receiving his sentence, Smith-Riley collapsed to the floor of Kubicki's courtroom. Police pulled Smith-Riley to his feet and he then interrupted Kubicki.
"So what does he get?," said Smith-Riley, who was also sentenced to a consecutive prison term of 11 years for a related attempted murder charge.
It was unclear who Smith-Riley was referencing in the outburst.
Smith-Riley's counsel indicated to the court an appeal was likely but hadn't been filed yet.
Officials say Smith-Riley was one of three men involved in an armed robbery the night of Nov. 16, 2013 in Norwood.
Porshia Brooks and Aron Martin were inside a parked car, when court documents say Smith-Riley approached and knocked on a window with a handgun.
According to court documents, Smith-Riley forced Martin out of the passenger side, went through his pockets and then shot him in the head. Martin survived his injuries.
Smith-Riley, the documents say, then leaned into the car and fired two shots at Brooks as she sat. She died three days later.
Norwood police Lt. Tom Fallon said in an interview that in addition to pleading guilty, Smith-Riley has confessed to the crime.
Officials said two other men are suspected of being involved in the crime. One, Randall Byrd III, was killed in a September 2015 shooting near Muskegon, Michigan. The second, 23-year-old Josiah Fousse, is in jail in Michigan and is charged with murder in the shooting that killed Byrd.
Court documents say that sometime after Smith-Riley shot Brooks and Martin, he gave the gun to Fousse. He has not been charged in the incident.
Earlier in Wednesday's proceedings, members of Brooks' and Martin's families addressed the court and asked Kubicki to deny Smith-Riley parole.
"He ruined my life. He not only killed her, but he killed me – mentally, emotionally. He killed my identity as a mother of three," said Porshia's mother, Sharon Brooks. "We are left with nothing... and that's because of him." Sharon Brooks brought Porshia's ashes to court, as she had for previous court dates.
"Judge Kuckibi: Please give him the max," said Porshia's sister, Tia-Marie Brooks, during an emotional address. "I have to deal with life without Porshia, so he should have to deal with life without parole."