5 Year Sentence in Tyrell Fogle’s Fatal Shooting; Judge: “This is a gift”

A judge sentenced Delrico Shuford to five years in prison Friday for his participation in the shooting death of Tyrell Fogle, 17, on August 29, 2011.

Addressing the court, Shuford said: “I apologize to the family and I’m glad I had a chance to cooperate fully.” He added, “I had no intentions of harming Fogle. I wish I could take it back.”

In April 2013, Shuford pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed and conspiracy. Shuford testified later at trial that Anthony Hatton shot Fogle. Shuford said he had tried to stop him.

Shuford said that he spoke with Fogle months before his death and settled a dispute that began over a woman both men had dated. “We shook hands and left it then and there,” Shuford testified.

Almost two months later, though, on August 29, Fogle was riding his bike along 21st Street when someone else affiliated with 21st and Vietnam told him that he better not come back to the area. Fogle relayed the message to a friend, and a little later, Fogle’s friend and Shuford got into an argument, Shuford said.

Hatton heard about the argument, tracked Fogle down and shot him, according to Shuford.

Shuford is the last man to be sentenced in connection to the 21st and Vietnam killings.

Hatton, Kevin Charles, Johnnie Harris, and Jekwan Smith were sentenced last month for the murders of Fogle, Isaiah Sheffield, 24, and Steven Moore, 36, in 2011.

Police witnessed Hatton chase and fire shots at Fogle. They found Fogle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Bach argued that Shuford had a small role in Fogle’s death. “Shuford was making the right decision until he ran away,” Bach said “He supported an associate, but he has shown a ton of remorse.” She added: “He feels like it’s his fault.”

Shuford’s defense attorney Elliott Queen agreed. “It’s already been said, Shuford wished that the whole situation had not happened,” Queen told the court.

You did cause his death because of the lifestyle you lead,” Judge Lynn Leibovitz said before sentencing. Leibovitz told Shuford, “This is a gift,” and said she hopes that he takes it seriously.

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