Detroit man convicted of manslaughter never sentenced

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A Detroit man named Leroy Moon, who pleaded no contest to manslaughter, is still awaiting sentencing six years after he was convicted.

The Detroit News reports that the Wayne County prosecutor’s office “lost track of the case.” According to the report, a spokeswoman for the office, Maria Miller, said the oversight came as a prosecutor resigned, and because Moon had a “serious” health problem that used a delay in his 2011 sentencing.

From the Detroit News:

Nearly nine years ago, Leroy Moon shot Shawn Johnson to death after discovering the 36-year-old school janitor urinating outside his fish market on Detroit’s east side.

Moon was convicted of the February 2009 slaying in December 2011, but six years later has yet to be sentenced after the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office “lost track of the case,” according to a department spokeswoman. During that time, he has been a free man.

According to the report, Moon, now 78, is scheduled to be sentenced to a year in jail, under a recommendation from his 2011 sentencing. Miller admitted that an inquiry from The Detroit News about the case led the office to move forward with sentencing.

“Once it was confirmed that defendant Moon had not been sentenced, (the prosecutor’s office) requested a new sentence date,” she said, with is reported to be Jan. 9.

Defense attorney Marlon Evans said he doesn’t know whether he’ll ask a judge to keep his client out of jail, considering all the years that have passed, reported the Associated Press.
“He’s an old man who still suffers from a lot of medical issues,” Evans said Friday.

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