Mehki Venable convicted in fatal shooting of Jacob Moore in Youngstown, Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Campbell man convicted last month in the 2022 shooting death of a man on the North Side was sentenced Thursday to 23 years to life in prison.

Judge Maureen Sweeney handed down the verdict in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to Mehki Venable, 20, who was convicted by a jury April 19 of murder in the Sept. 29, 2022, shooting death of 21-year-old Jacob Moore in the single-digit block of the New York Ave.

Police said the two met to fistfight, but when Moore dropped his gun to fight, Venable shot him.

Venable claimed self-defense and testified during his trial that he felt his life was in danger when he shot Moore.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Fening said family members asked him to speak on their behalf, saying Moore was a beloved son and would miss the chance to see his child grow up.

“It really broke her family,” Fening said.

Venable apologized to Moore’s family but continued to insist that he acted in self-defense.

“I’m just as lost as she is,” Venable said. “I’m lost. I can’t sleep. I don’t regret going to court because I had to say my peace.”

Venable was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for murder, which is the only sentence someone can receive for murder.

He received an additional eight years for two firearm specifications, a three-year specification and a five-year specification. Defense attorney John Juhasz is appealing the five-year deadline.

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