Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 22, 2013

Teen who smirked gets maximum sentence in slaying


Associated Press

SOUTH BEND (AP) — A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement.

St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jane Woodward Miller chastised 18-year-old Damontray Lovelady during Tuesday's hearing to determine his punishment for firing shots at a group of teenagers last September. Jhaelon Johnson died in the shooting.

Lovelady has pleaded guilty to a murder charge.

The South Bend Tribune reports Lovelady's punishment was capped at 50 years under a plea agreement reached with the state.

Lovelady's attorney asked for the minimum sentence of 45 years with five years of probation.

Woodward Miller said Lovelady's smirk showed a lack of remorse. He sentenced him to the maximum.