Dayton View Hustler sentenced to prison

Published: Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 3:20 PM
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 3:20 PM

DAYTON — Minutes before a judge sentenced him to a 25-year prison term, Dorian L. Lucas told the families of his victims exactly how he felt.

“Always better them than me, any day,” Lucas said, leading spectators to shout, to cry and to storm out.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Timothy O’Connell noted that response when sentencing him.

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“Mr. Lucas has shown no remorse,” O’Connell said. “And he has not taken responsibility for these offenses.”

As O’Connell spoke, a female spectator pronounced Lucas “Satan.”

Lucas, 21, known as D-Luke, is a reputed member of the Dayton View Hustlers street gang. He pleaded guilty Aug. 3 in four felony cases, two of them concerning deaths.

One victim was 23-year-old Jamahl Moore, who was shot to death April 29, 2011 inside a West Grandview home. At the time, police said that Moore was also a gang member.

“Did you know that Jamahl lived nine minutes,” Moore’s mother, Jo Karen Nelloms, asked Lucas. “He crawled out of that apartment and almost made it outside.”

Moore left a 2-month-old daughter, and “my granddaughter has to grow up wondering what her daddy was like,” Nelloms said. She then added that Moore had been one of Lucas’ friends.

Dyanne Hill, the mother of Natasha Lawson, also addressed Lucas. Lawson, 38, was killed Oct. 11, 2010. Lucas was fleeing from police at a high rate of speed before crashing into Lawson’s vehicle on North Gettysburg Avenue.

Lawson, a former General Motors employee who had lost her job, had just finished her nursing degree and was having resumes made the day of her death. Lawson’s 40th birthday would have been this Friday and her daughter was married last week.

“You took so much from us, so very much,” Hill said. “I hope you have years to think about what you have done.”

Lucas had pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter in Moore’s death, one count of aggravated vehicular homicide in Lawson’s death. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault for shooting at residents of a Daleview Avenue home in Harrison Twp.

In that case, a 19-year old man answered the door around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2011. He and Lucas argued, and Lucas pulled out a gun and fired several shots, hitting him in the arm. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

The final charge was possession of heroin, from a Sept. 9, 2010 traffic stop when police saw heroin capsules on the passenger seat, according to the prosecutor’s office.

After Lucas’ arrest last year, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer called him “one of the more violent guys on the streets,” and said that he had an “extensive juvenile record and is one of the leaders of the Dayton View Hustlers”

O’Connell noted his extensive juvenile record, with eight delinquency findings which included incarceration with the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

Lucas was one of his mother’s five children, but did not know his siblings, O’Connell said. Children Services removed the children from the mother’s home when Lucas was three. He does not know his father, who is serving a prison term for a murder conviction, O’Connell said.

“That doesn’t justify these actions, but I think that’s important to note,” O’Connell said.

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