The murderer gave the obligatory "I'm sorry" speech the victim's family.
The young victim was shot to death December 3, 2014.
The sentencing was reported June 29, 2015.
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An 18-year-old Gary man was sentenced to 63 years in prison Monday for murder in perpetration of robbery and three counts of attempted robbery in a botched marijuana deal.
Ronald E. McMahan asked for forgiveness from the family of Ashley Scott, 17, of Lansing, Ill., who was murdered Dec. 3 during a marijuana deal arranged between McMahan and her boyfriend. McMahan urged his family to remain strong and told them to "keep moving forward no matter what happens."
Defense attorney Roxanne Mendez Johnson told Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez her client, who loved to play basketball, had plans for his future. He sat for his senior portrait and had been accepted to attend Vincennes University, she said. She said the hopes and dreams his family had for him were dashed.
"He is remorseful for his actions, for the reckless conduct he did engage in," she said.
Deputy prosecutor Aleksandra Dimitrijevic said Scott also had hopes and dreams that will never be realized.
She cited evidence that showed that McMahan lured Anthony Villarreal, Scott and two friends from a gas station at 15th Avenue and Burr Street where they had agreed to meet for the marijuana deal, to a dark, secluded area a little more than a block away in the 1500 block of Clinton Street in Gary.
McMahan had told Villarreal he didn't have enough money, and he and an unnamed accomplice got out of Villarreal's car. When McMahan and the other man returned, McMahan announced a robbery at gunpoint. McMahan then opened fire. Scott was struck just below the jawline and died within minutes.
During a statement to Gary police Detective Daryl Gordon and other investigators, McMahan repeatedly denied any involvement in the shooting but did eventually admit he was there. McMahan said he was on the driver's side of the car. Scott was in the front passenger seat.
Dimitrijevic cited McMahan's juvenile adjudications for auto theft and resisting law enforcement as an aggravating factor. She also noted that police found not only a revolver in McMahan's closet at his grandmother's residence, but also a backpack containing a bulletproof vest and a bank robbery note. "He is not what the defense paints him to be," Dimitrijevic said.
Vasquez said McMahan had thrown away his life by his actions, which also were devastating for Scott's family and the three teens with her in the car.
He imposed 53 years for the felony murder count, and 10 years for each of the attempted robbery charges, which will be served concurrently to one another but consecutive to the sentence for felony murder.
Mendez Johnson said McMahan intends to appeal his conviction and sentence. Jurors deliberated more than five hours on June 5 before returning the verdict.
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