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Judge denies killer's effort to withdraw guilty plea and sentences him to life in prison

Judge denies killer's effort to withdraw guilty plea and sentences him to life in prison (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - He tried to withdraw his guilty plea but the judge denied his request and sentenced Jaleel Smith-Riley to life in prison without parole for killing a woman and injuring her boyfriend. Smith-Riley collapsed as he heard his sentence.

Smith-Riley shot Porshia Brooks and her boyfriend Aron Martin during an attempted robbery in Norwood in 2013. Martin survived, Brooks did not. Martin has long-lasting issues resulting from a gunshot wound to the head. A tip to Crimestoppers led to Smith-Riley's arrest two years later.

Smith-Riley pled guilty to aggravated murder and attempted murder in August 2016. He then wrote a letter to the judge about withdrawing his guilty plea but it was not known what it said. Had been allowed to do so, Smith-Riley would have been eligible for the death penalty.

During a hearing on Oct. 19, the judge denied Smith-Riley's motion to change his guilty plea. Judge Charles Kubicki then began the sentencing hearing. Smith-Riley cried and apologized.

Brooks' mother and Martin's sister spoke about how the shootings before the judge handed down the sentence.


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