Written By: Ishton W. Morton – May 24th, 2019
According to courts records on March 24th, 2017 27 year old Deonte Baber murdered Jamie Urton after he accidentally hit a 4-year-old boy while driving on a Walnut Hills street. Reportedly, Urton stopped the car, and the child’s father, Jamal Killings, allegedly beat Urton before Baber shot him.
However, on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M Judge Patrick Foley sentenced Baber the man convicted of shooting and killing Jamie Urton 18 years to life in prison.
Accordingly, Both Urton and Baber’s families were in the courtroom; both families declined to address the judge.
According to Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Nelson; “To have someone taken away from you like that? I can’t even begin to address how hard that is for them”.
On the other hand, Defense attorney Arica Underwood moved to delay Baber’s sentencing, but Foley denied the motion.
Nonetheless, Nelson made his point and said; “There can only be one possible sentence and he’s earned it. Give it to him.”
Foley added the situation was a “horrible crime,” noting that Urton stayed on scene after the crash and was killed for it.
Originally this crime was believed to be possibly race-based. A reporter with WCPO 9 news raised that issue with assistant prosecutor Ryan Nelson who said there was nothing to confirm that Jamie Urton died because he was a Caucasian.
Judge Foley read requirements for Baber to register as a violent offender. Ohio law dictates people who commit violent crimes have to register their address with their local sheriff’s office after they are released from prison. Baber would have to register for 10 years. His attorneys are challenging the registry.
Amazingly, Baber’s cousin, Torrance Shannon lapsed in a state of lamentation and said; “He’s no street guy like they have portrayed him to be and had it made him to be, like an animal. He’s not like that at all. So I know he didn’t do that. He was set up.”
In viewing of tapes and news clips of the trial Baber was well groomed, and mannerly. However, this was all just a little too late. Again in the words of Judge Foley the situation was a “horrible crime” Urton was killed.
Accordingly, a jury deliberated for 13 hours before finding Baber guilty Tuesday on two counts of murder, including one with gun specifications.
Reportedly, Hamilton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mike Peck had this to say, “the jury did their job.”
He continued to say, “They are really smart. They are really bright! They are really educated, they are really thoughtful, and they really approached this seriously.”
Meanwhile, Underwood declined to comment on the verdict, but said they will appeal.
Also, Shannon added, “We’re hoping for the appeal to come through. Just keep your head up, man. We love him. My heart goes out to the other family, but they got the wrong man.”
Subsequently, a murder conviction in Ohio requires a mandatory 18 years to life sentence means the offender so sentenced will serve a minimum of eighteen years before being eligible for parole. This means the 27 years old Baber will be 45 years old before any considered for parole.
Additionally, after Baber’s guilty verdict Tuesday, prosecutors said they’re working on what will happen in Killings’ case now. A hearing is scheduled on Friday for Killings faces charges in connection with Urton’s death.