Teen seeks guilty plea change today in hotel killing near Dayton Mall

Larry Malcolm Sain

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Larry Malcolm Sain

A court appearance is set today for a teenager seeking to withdraw his guilty pleas in a murder case that left a Miami Twp. hotel worker fatally shot.

The court date – initially set for last week - was delayed after a court appointment of a new lawyer for Larry Malcolm Sain, 18, followed Patrick Mulligan withdrawing earlier this month. Those moves came after Sain abruptly told a judge he wanted to rescind his pleas and fire Mulligan.

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Sain’s announcement came moments before Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara Gorman was set to sentence him in the Sept. 13, 2018 of Jayren Graham, 18, of Miami Twp.

If Sain’s request goes forward, today a hearing will be scheduled for a future date about the plea issue, a court official said. If not, he is expected to be sentenced and court officials earlier agreed upon a punishment of 18 years to life in prison for murder and tampering with evidence.

Sain was 17 at the time of the shooting and is being tried as an adult. He told Gorman he felt pressured into a plea deal with prosecutors, and indicated his mother was an influence in the guilty pleas.

Sain’s new lawyer is Lucas Wilder.

The plea deal had been announced last month just days before Sain’s trial was set to start.

Sain had earlier 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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