19-year-old gets lengthy prison term for ’05 shooting


YOUNGSTOWN — A defendant in a robbery and fatal shooting has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Durral L. Justice, 19, of Jacobs Road, drew the sentence today from Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the Sept. 8, 2005, shooting death of Ralph Miller, 53, of East Wood Street.

The sentence consists of 15 years to life for the murder of Miller; 10 years for the attempted murder of Charles Glenn, 44, of Glenwood Avenue, who was shot in the face in the same incident; and 10 years each for two counts of aggravated robbery, all to be served concurrently.

Justice had earlier pleaded guilty to these charges in a plea agreement, in which the prosecution agreed to reduce the homicide charge from aggravated murder to murder and to drop a three-year firearm specification.

The judge imposed the sentence that had been recommended by the prosecution and defense.

Judge Sweeney sentenced a co-defendant, Alonzo Thigpen, 20, of Jacobs Road, to 18 years in prison in March 2007.

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