Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

3 Sentenced in Kennedy Student's Shooting Death

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

3 Sentenced in Kennedy Student's Shooting Death

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Renee Coyner's family was "shattered" when her son Jordan, a 20- year-old Slippery Rock University student, was killed.

"All of my family's hopes and dreams were stolen from us," she said Thursday, as she testified at a sentencing hearing for three men convicted in his 2012 shooting death.

The memory of the loss is constant, there in the empty seat at the Steelers games that Richard Coyner said he and his son loved to attend and at the kitchen table that once seated a family of four and now seats just three, two parents who have lost a son and another son who has lost his older brother.

"We now sit and look at that empty seat, talking about our son Jordan rather than with him," Ms. Coyner said.

Richard and Renee Coyner spoke about their loss in an Allegheny County courtroom, sharing their sorrow before Common Pleas Judge Philip A. Ignelzi.

Judge Ignelzi sentenced 24-year-old Devele Reid of Hazelwood to life in prison without parole, the mandatory sentence for his second- degree murder conviction. Reid also received concurrent sentences of five to 10 years for robbery, four to eight years for conspiracy to commit robbery and three to six years for possessing a firearm without a license.

In a subsequent sentencing hearing, Jon Lee, 18, and Brandon Lind, 19, both of whom were convicted of third-degree murder, were sentenced to 14 to 30 years in prison. They also will serve concurrent sentences of five to 10 years for robbery and four to eight years for conspiracy to commit robbery.

During Reid's hearing and then again at the hearing for Lee and Lind, Judge Ignelzi said that the case was more than tragic.

"I'm not sure the word 'tragic' is strong enough to describe the facts of this case," he said at the second hearing.

Coyner was killed June 18, 2012, when a group of five young men drove to his parents' home in Kennedy, planning to rob him because he sold marijuana and they believed he had cash in the home they could take. …

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