Brooklyn NY April 26 2017 A gunman got sentenced Monday to 76 years to life in prison for callously murdering a hardworking father of six and permanently injuring another man.
He also got something else — grace from the heartbroken mother of the man he killed.
“I’ll forgive you, but I will never forget what you did,” Cheryl Locklear, the mother of Aaron Locklear, told killer Antonio Mahon.
Locklear, 30, and trainee James Merced, 28, were taking a lunch break from their job as security guards on Nov. 28, 2014, when Mahon walked passed them on Dumont Ave. in Brownsville. Then Mahon turned around and opened fire.
“My son left behind six children, you took them away from him. You took him away from his family. I’m praying you seek a Christian life while in prison, but I have forgiven you,” Cheryl Locklear said in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Mahon, 22, admitted he thought Locklear and Merced were his enemies and was on drugs at the time of the shooting. Merced now uses a wheelchair.
“I must say this, I never thought in my life as a judge, did I think I’d have to impune a sentence like this to anyone,” Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson said before giving Mahon 76 years to life.
Prior to the shooting, Mahon chased after a young man armed with the murder weapon and pointed the same gun at a maintenance worker.
“This is a very sad case. It pains my heart. It pains my soul that three young mens’ lives are ruined, but two really good men’s lives are ruined,” said Simpson.
Mahon told detectives he always walked around with a gun because he has problems with several gangs, including the HoodStarz, in the neighborhood.
Clayton Gravenhise, 22, a HoodStarz member, was on a revenge-fueled crime spree in 2014 after his brother Nathaniel Gravenhise was killed. Gravenhise suspected Mahon was the killer, sources said.
NY Daily News