Deitrekk Boone has been convicted of the November 2012 murder of Toledo gym owner Joe Lengel. Lengel was shot and killed outside his gym in what police called a robbery gone wrong.
A judge denied a request by Deitrekk Boone's defense attorney to dismiss the case earlier on Thursday. Boone's defense team argued that the prosecution had not met its burden, and that charges should be dismissed before the defense began its case. The judge denied that request, known as a rule 39 motion.
Boone then took the stand in his own defense. A judge found Boone guilty after his testimony and closing arguments.
Boone was found guilty of one count of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated murder, both with a gun specification. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years on the murder charge, 8 years for the robbery charge and three years for each of the gun specification charges. All those sentences will be served consecutively. All told, Boone will be eligible for parole in 41 years.
Family members of the victim say they're happy with the work police and prosecutors did on the case.
"We want to just express our appreciation and gratitude to the Toledo Police Department, the prosecutors; just hours, and hours, and hours and hours of endless work. They've really served us and our family, and we're just so grateful to them in honoring my father, our loved one," said Aaron Lengel, son of Joe Lengel.
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