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Pair receives four-year sentence for 2009 fatal shooting

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    Avery Taylor talks during while Attorney Michael Stepanik and Andrew Lorenzana listen during sentencing Friday.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA -- Andrew Lorenzana and Avery Taylor have been sentenced to four years in prison for the 2009 shooting death of Christopher Lundberg in Lorain.

Both men briefly apologized for their roles in Lundberg's death and said they are working to better their lives.

But Lundberg’s family and Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Chris Pierre urged County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi to impose a lengthier prison sentence than a plea bargain had called for.

"Four years is definitely not enough time for this crime," Paige Lundberg, one of the victim's three daughters, wrote in a letter read in court by Pierre.

The family didn't appear in court because they feared who else might be there, Pierre said.

The two men pleaded guilty last month to charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

They had been charged with murder in the immediate aftermath of the 35-year-old Lundberg's death following what police have described as a drug deal gone bad on Feb. 3, 2009. Those charges were dropped due to lack of evidence and they weren't charged again until 2015.

Lundberg was robbed of money inside a vehicle by Lorenzana and Taylor before he was able to escape, police have said.

Lorenzana and Taylor then drove away and police have said Lundberg followed them in a separate vehicle. The pair opened fire on Lundberg as he followed behind them, according to officers.

The wounded Lundberg was dropped off at Mercy Regional Medical Center and later taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he died the next day.

Since the shooting Taylor and Lorenzana have both faced other legal woes, including 15-year prison sentence Taylor is serving on unrelated gang and felonious assault charges.

Read more on this story in Saturday's Chronicle.



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