Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Convicted Felon Sentenced For Killing Vendor

Man Receives 13 Years For Manslaughter During Pot Deal
Re-printed from a story at Cincinnati.com on October 18th 2011
Maurice MinorA stop to buy pot before the long drive home led to Duane Hamilton's death in June of 2010 and a conviction and 13-year prison term for his killer in October of 2011.

Maurice Minor, 20, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced by Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge John "Skip" West. Minor, whose face is covered in jailhouse tattoos inked from ball point pens, was also convicted of Carrying Weapons While Under Disability. This conviction came before his 13 year sentence for Manslaughter. Minor also has a previous conviction for Aggravated Robbery as a juvenile.

At the time of the shooting, Duane Hamilton, 34, and two friends, Thomas Hopper and Preston McCaskill, came from Cleveland to Cincinnati to sell T-shirts at a June 15th Reds game. Before they took the drive back home to Cleveland, though, the trio went to buy marijuana and stopped at 10:19 P.M. at a convenience store in the 1700 block of Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine.

That's when Minor robbed and fatally shot Hamilton and then ran off.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the original murder charge that carried a potential sentence of life in prison.

Cincinnati.com, Man gets 13 years for killing T-shirt vendor
WXIX Channel 19, Westwood man indicted, jailed on child sex charges
WLWT Channel 5, Man Admits Killing T-Shirt Seller