ELYRIA — An 18-year-old involved in planning a drug robbery that led to a fatal shooting will serve 15 years in prison for his role in the death of Edward Warner.
Timothy Daley apologized to Warner’s parents at his sentencing hearing before county Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery on Tuesday.
“I wish I had never got involved with drugs. I wish the victim had never got involved in drugs,” he said.
Assistant County Prosecutor Tony Cillo, however, said that even though Warner was selling marijuana he didn’t deserve to die.
“(He) made some poor choices, but not a choice that deserved this fate,” he said.
Daley, who was 17 at the time of the March 25, 2006, robbery, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, robbery and tampering with evidence in exchange for the 15-year sentence and prosecutors dropping a more serious murder charge against him that could have sent him to prison for life.
Daley also agreed to testify against Christopher Sartin, whom police believe was the shooter in the case. Sartin’s attorney, Mike Duff, said the trial will go forward in July.
Rothgery also ordered Daley to pay almost $6,300 to Warner’s family for funeral expenses.
About 20 of Warner’s friends and family members were in the courtroom Tuesday wearing shirts with his picture on them. Peggy Warner, his mother, said that Daley got a better deal than her son, whom she has to visit in the graveyard.
She also said that no other family should have to go through the pain that her family has suffered.
“I just wanted to make sure that he realizes what he’s done by planning such a senseless act,” Peggy Warner said.
Daley dropped Sartin off at West 14th Street and Oberlin Avenue in Lorain and gave the fellow 17-year-old a .22-caliber pistol that police say Warner was shot with. Daley’s attorney, Jack Bradley, said his client didn’t believe any shots would be fired.
Warner, 19, was shot once and drove away, but he crashed his Jeep Grand Cherokee into a West 20th Street garage and died about 30 minutes later at Community Health Partners Regional Medical Center.
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