Suspect prays, victim’s aunt reads letter from ‘Satan’ during sentencing

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One of two men indicted in the killing of a Dayton man whose surveillance video captured images of suspects was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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One of two men indicted in the killing of a Dayton man whose surveillance video captured images of suspects was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court after the suspect prayed and the victim’s great-aunt read a letter from “Satan.”

Trashune Young, 28, was sentenced to a mandatory 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated burglary and two weapons specifications related to the Nov. 28, 2017 shooting death of Taelor Taylor, 28, on North Trenton Street.

Young also was ordered to pay a share of the restitution of $4,170.50 for funeral expenses and casket costs of $1,992. Judge Michael Krumholtz said Young, who earned 504 days of jail-time credit, also will face five years of post-release control.

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Young pleaded guilty by bill of information on April 12. As part of the plea, 11 indicted counts were dismissed.

During allocution on Monday, Young asked Krumholtz if he could pray. The judge said yes.

“I just wanted to tell God that I apologize for everything that took place in this matter,” Young said. “I am not the person who killed, killed this guy, but I do want to ask for forgiveness. I wish everybody in this matter will forgive me and I forgive me them. In his name, amen.”

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Young’s aunt, Elizabeth Ganious, said she had a letter from Satan.

“I came to you Taelor Todd Taylor, like a thief in the night,” Ganious said. “I covered the light with darkness. I killed your dreams. I create hopelessness. I take only what God creates — life. You were murdered under my darkness. Sorrow is where I live.”

Ganious said Taylor had four children younger than 5 years old and that Young stole father-daughter dances and Taylor teaching his boys to be men.

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“They’re my victims, too,” Ganious said. “I made sure they will never know him.”

Ganious said Young could do 18 years standing on his head.

“I got my mom. I’ve got my friends. When I get out of prison, (Taylor’s) oldest son will be 23. (Taylor’s) youngest daughter will be 19 years old,” she said. “And I’ll be free, says Satan.”

Ganious concluded her statement by saying, “Signed in Taelor’s blood, Trashune Young,”

A second suspect, Trenton Williams, 28, is scheduled to face a murder trial in July.

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Both men were among three shown on Taylor’s home surveillance after Taylor was found dead on his porch. The video showed three men approaching the home, including at least two who had guns.

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