Larry Malcolm Sain

Teen seeks to change guilty plea in Dayton Mall-area deadly shooting

Larry Malcolm Sain, 18, was set to be sentenced in September after pleading guilty in the Sept. 13, 2018, shooting of Jayren Graham, 18, of Miami Twp., outside the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton off Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall.

But minutes before his sentencing, Sain told Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara Gorman he wanted to withdraw his plea and no longer wanted attorney Patrick Mulligan to represent him.

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The former West Carrollton High School student has since gotten a new lawyer, Lucas Wilder, according to court records. Gorman signed an order last month restricting all public access to court records, court officials said.

Sain was 17 at the time of the shooting and is charged as an adult. He has been held since June in the Montgomery County Jail, records show.

After the case was transferred from juvenile court, Sain pleaded not guilty to four murder counts, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of felonious assault, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

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A plea deal had been announced just days before Sain’s trial was set to start in September. Sain was to be sentenced to 18 years to life in prison if he pleaded guilty to murder and tampering with evidence, court officials said.

But Sain told Gorman in September he felt pressured into a plea deal with prosecutors, and indicated his mother also was an influence in the guilty pleas.

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