An 18-year-old Markeese Mosley today was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or probation in the murder of Shreveport Green assistant director Yvonne Lee.
Thursday, a Caddo Parish jury convicted Mosley of second degree murder for shooting and killing Ms. Lee, his boss, while she was taking him home in February 2010. Mosley was 17 years old at the time he committed the crime.
Dressed in the red jumpsuit that singles out troubled inmates at Caddo Correctional Center, Mosley was restrained with handcuffs and a belt around his waist attached to shackles on his legs as he faced Caddo District Judge Roy Brun in an almost-empty courtroom.
Brun denied a motion of defense attorney David McClatchey to postpone sentencing, and said though Mosley’s conviction came with a mandatory sentence of life without possibility of parole, he believed Mosley would commit another crime, if he were ever released. He said Mosley met the call the criteria of Section A of Louisiana’s criminal code (Article 894.1), which states:
A. When a defendant has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, the court should impose a sentence of imprisonment if any of the following occurs:
(1) There is an undue risk that during the period of a suspended sentence or probation the defendant will commit another crime.
(2) The defendant is in need of correctional treatment or a custodial environment that can be provided most effectively by his commitment to an institution.
(3) A lesser sentence will deprecate the seriousness of the defendant's crime.
Although the victim’s husband was in the courtroom, he opted to write a letter to Mosely, rather than speak in open court. Judge Brun noted that, and also that the defendant’s husband had asked a copy of the New Testament be given to the defendant.