YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman on trial for luring a Campbell man – who was later shot and killed – out of his home pleaded guilty in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Thursday.
The appeals from Lyric Moore, 25, halted her trial in front of Judge Maureen Sweeney for her role on February 20, 2017 Death of 40-year-old Zachary Howell.
Moore pleaded guilty to negligent homicide modified from serious murders and serious break-ins. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
In return for her plea, two other charges and the weapon specifications in the case were dropped.
Howell was found shot and shot burned beyond recognition in a burnt out SUV behind a house on Edgar Street and Josephine Avenue in the far east of Youngstown.
One of Howell’s sons, Zakaree Howell, said he thought the process was “unfair”.
“I’ve seen people get more for less,” he said. “She is the glue. Without her it wouldn’t have happened. “
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Deputy prosecutor Michael Yacovone said he wasn’t happy either. Still, he had some “fears” about going on as it would be difficult to prove to a jury that Moore was responsible for Howell’s death, although he added that she is the person who helped Howell found it.
“It doesn’t work without Lyric Moore,” said Yacovone.
Defense attorney Mark Lavelle said it would have been difficult to convince the jury that the break between the break-in at Howell’s house and Howell’s death could be linked to Moore.
Martin pleaded guilty to murder and robbery charges last year and is serving a life sentence of 18 years.
In Tuesday’s opening statement, Moore’s attorney said she was forced out of Howell’s house by Martin and another man, and they took her phone to keep her from calling the police.
Moore spoke briefly on Thursday and apologized to the family.
Another son, Zachary Howell Jr., said he didn’t like the request either, but understood why it was accepted. He thanked the court and said his family could now begin to rest.
“I hope you graduate, sir,” said Judge Sweeney.
Moore is being awarded a credit for over 1,600 days that she has served in the county jail pending resolution of her case.