Young victim's grandma berates killers in court

Young victim's grandma berates killers in court

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by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 10, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 9:23 AM

PORTLAND -- The two men who opened fire in a gang attack outside the Lloyd Center Mall in 2011, killing an innocent bystander, got an earful from the 14-year-old victim's grandmother Monday.

Shiloh Hampton died after he was shot 17 times in broad daylight in April 2011. Investigators believe Hampton got caught in the middle of rival gang violence when he was shot.

Jimmie Ray Sanders-Garcia, 20, and Eddie Mohr, 21, were arrested about a month later and charged in Hampton's murder.  They got plea deals in court Monday and Hampton's grandmother Mary DeMarco was not pleased.

The judge gave her a chance to talk, so DeMarco looked the two killers in the eyes and said, "I wanted you to get life because to me, it's an eye for an eye. You watch your back, you never know. You're going to go to prison now."

Sanders-Garcia pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and robbery.  He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Mohr pleaded guilty to manslaughter with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

 "I don't forgive you. I won't forgive you," DeMarco said. "I don't see one iota of remorse from either of you."

Fighting back tears, the boy's foster father, Roy Washington, said, "Fourteen years old is too young to die." He wore a picture of Hampton around his neck.

Background: Two arrested in Shiloh Hampton murder

The judge also gave Sanders-Garcia and Mohr a chance to talk.  Mohr declined, but Sanders-Garcia responded,  "I know sorry doesn't cut it, or bring Shiloh back. But I'm a man and I take accountability for my actions. I do apologize."

Police believe Mohr and Sanders-Garcia were trying to hit gang members, not Hampton, when they killed the boy. He was leaving the mall with friends when the shots rang out. 

Hampton was a freshman at Madison High School and very well-liked, according to the principal. He lived with foster parents Roy and Peggy Washington for the two years before his death and they said he was like a son to them.

"It was very hard. I never cried so much in my life," Roy said after Hampton died. "My heart really hurts."

More: Shiloh Hampton murder suspect indicted for armed robbery spree

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KGW reporter Mark Hanrahan also contributed to this report.

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