Dayton man sentenced to decades in prison for shooting

A Dayton man was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison this week in connection to a shooting that followed a birthday party.

Shaquille Phillip Shackleford, 28, also was ordered to register as a violent offender, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said. Records show Shackleford pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to attempted murder and other charges.

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Shackleford was sentenced to serve 20 to 25½ years in prison.

An indictment in the case says the incident took place on May 11 in Montgomery County. A police report says it happened in the 1600 block of Darst Avenue.

In a sentencing memorandum filed in the case ahead of the sentencing, Shackleford’s attorney, David Stenson, said the incident was the result of a culmination “of extreme provocation and bullying behavior by the victim.”

The memorandum says the victim has a criminal record, bullied and threatened Shackleford’s aunt and had driven past the party in a menacing manner.

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“It appears that Shaquille did not initially intend to harm (the victim), but that (the victim), who is a larger person than Shaquille, appeared at the residence where Shaquille had been attending the party, exited his vehicle, and rushed Shaquille in a threatening manner and that Shaquille, in that moment, attempted to defend himself and his loved ones from (the victim).”

However, the memorandum says that Shackleford is not claiming self-defense, and that his conduct may have been an overreaction. The defense said the conduct of the victim was a mitigating factor the judge should take into account when determining the sentence.

Shackleford was sentenced by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Gerald Parker. Shackleford remains in the Montgomery County Jail.

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