UPDATE | Man sentenced to life in prison for man's murder in Lawrence County, Ohio

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 5/23/19 @ 3:30 p.m.
A man convicted of killing another man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday.

James Moore faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting of Homer Fred Crank, 42, in Ironton, Ohio.

James Moore, who was convicted Wednesday of killing Homer Fred Crank, 42, also was sentenced to 36 months in prison for a tampering with evidence charge. That sentence is to run concurrent with the life sentence.

Moore was convicted after a three-day jury trial on aggravated murder and tampering with evidence.

The shooting happened in the 500 block of Township Road in Ironton in August 2018.

Moore was sentenced by Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge Christen Finely.



UPDATE 5/22/19 @ 11:17 p.m.
A man accused of murder will be sentenced at 2 p.m. Thursday according to Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson.

James Moore was convicted Wednesday of aggravated murder and tampering with evidence after a three-day trial.

Moore was accused of killing Homer Fred Crank, 42. It happened in the 500 block of Township Road in Ironton in August 2018.

Moore faces a maximum penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years.

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UPDATE 5/21/19 @ 4:25 p.m.
The trial of a man charged with murder in a man's shooting death last August has begun, according to Lawrence County Common Pleas Court officials.

James Moore is accused of killing Homer Fred Crank, 42. It happened in the 500 block of Township Road in Ironton.

Moore faces a maximum penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years.



UPDATE 9/5/18 @ 10 p.m.
The case against a man charged with murder moved forward Wednesday morning.

Suspect James Moore had his preliminary hearing then.

A detective with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department testified about surveillance video of the shooting death of Homer Crank. He was killed along Township Road in Ironton.

The judge found probable cause, and the case has now been handed over to a grand jury.

Moore faces a maximum penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years.



UPDATE 8/31/18 @ 3:47 p.m.
A murder suspect appeared in court Friday to be arraigned on his charges and was given a $1 million bond.

James Moore, 49, is charged with murder in Lawrence County, Ohio. Investigators say he shot a man in the 500 block of Township Road 252 in Ironton Monday.

The victim was identified as Homer Fred Crank, 42.

Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said the arraignment Friday was in Ironton instead of Chesapeake for security reasons. The sheriff's department received threats toward Moore's life the day before his court appearance.

The maximum penalty for Moore is life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years.

Moore will have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Sept. 6.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/28/18
Deputies are investigating a shooting in Lawrence County, Ohio.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless said his office responded to a possible shooting around 11:30 Monday evening in the 500 block of Township Road 252 in Ironton.

When officers got on scene, they found a man lying dead outside of the home. He had apparent gunshots to his upper torso, according to Lawless.

Investigators say Homer Fred Crank, 42, is the victim.

The homeowner told deputies that an "acquaintance" came to the home and there was some sort of argument.

Deputies detained the homeowner, James W. Moore, 49, and took a handgun from him.

Officers got a warrant and searched the property. Detectives interviewed Moore and arrested him, charging the suspect with murder, a first-degree felony.

Moore is in the Lawrence County Jail. He will be arraigned Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. at the Lawrence County Courthouse in Chesapeake.

Crank's body will be sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

The Lawrence County Drug and Major Crime Taskforce, Ohio BCI, and the Lawrence County Coroner's Office are assisting the sheriff's office in the investigation.



 
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