CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty says Damon Peterson has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering Sean Stewart during a 2012 robbery in Cleveland.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Kathleen Sutula also sentenced Peterson to additional 52 years to life for his role in the killing of Duane Jacobs during another armed robbery.
On Dec. 17, jurors found Peterson, 27, of Cleveland, guilty of two counts of Aggravated Murder, four counts of Murder, five counts of Aggravated Robbery, three counts each of Kidnapping and Felonious Assault and one count each of Theft and Having Weapons Under Disability.
Evidence at trial showed that Peterson and four co-defendants participated in a series of robberies of gas stations and convenience stores in September and October of 2012.
Peterson was the getaway driver during robberies on Sept. 21, 2012 and Sept. 25, 2012. Jacobs, 57, a clerk at the Ya-Ya Market in Cleveland, was fatally shot during the September 25th robbery.
On Oct. 19, 2012, Peterson himself was the shooter, killing Stewart, 33, during a hold-up at Union Beverage Liquor Store in Cleveland.
All of Peterson's co-defendants entered guilty pleas before trial and testified against him. Three of those four co-defendants also were sentenced by Judge Sutula this week:
- Demario Lane, 21, of Cleveland, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
- Steven Mongo, 25, of East Cleveland, was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
- Torrance Johnson, 26, of Cleveland, was sentenced to 18 months in prison
Darrell Coleman, 24 of Cleveland was the shooter at Ya-Ya Market, killing Jacobs. On Dec. 4, 2013 he entered a plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Murder, four counts of Aggravated Robbery and one count of Involuntary Manslaughter.
Coleman will be sentenced by Judge Sutula on December 27. He faces a maximum sentence of
life without parole.
The State of Ohio was represented by Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Mahmoud Awadallah and
Andrew Santoli. Investigators believe this group was responsible for more than 25 armed
robberies during 2012.
"This crime spree ended tragically with the deaths of two innocent victims,'' said Awadallah. "Now the defendants will face the consequences."