Former security guard convicted in Dayton murder gets longer sentence

DAYTON — A Dayton man and former security guard who was sentenced to 20 years to life in prisonin the shooting death of a 29-year-old man will now spend more time behind bars, according to a release from Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr.

Steven Coleman, 51, has been re‐sentenced to an additional 3 years in prison after a 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling.

Coleman was working as a security guard at the Ashwood Lounge, 3500 N. Main St., in Dayton, when on Nov. 7, 2018, another security guard was involved in an altercation with the victim, Robert Lee Burdette.

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According to prosecutors, Coleman punched Burdette in the head and then pulled out a .40 caliber handgun and shot him in the head.

Burdette was transported to a local hospital in critical condition as a result of the shooting and died three days later after he was removed from life support.

On Dec 6, 2019, the jury found Coleman guilty as charged on three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of tampering with evidence, one count of discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, two counts of having weapons while under disability and a prior drug conviction.

Each count, except for having weapons while under disability and tampering with evidence, came with a three year firearm specifications due to Coleman being previously convicted in Florida on drug charges that prohibited him from having a firearm.

On Dec 23, 2019, the court sentenced Coleman to a total of 20 years to life in prison.

Montgomery County prosecutors appealed the sentencing, arguing that certain counts shouldn’t have been merged, the release said.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled in favor, putting into motion a re-sentencing which added three more years, for a total of 23 years to life.