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Defendants sentenced life with parole

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By Natalie Fultz

COLUMBUS - Judge William Rumer decided today that Shaquille Porter and Dequandre Truitt would be sentenced life with parole eligible after 30 years served plus an additional 25 years for one aggravated assault and a gun charge.

Prosecutor LaRae Moore shared five photos of Truitt from his Facebook account where he was making poses as if he was shooting a gun. Moore said after hearing witness testimonies she changed her recommendation from life with parole to having no recommendation at all.

Dequandre Truitt's mother was vocal about Moore's statements and says her son as well as Shaquille Porter are innocent.

"She's been doing what she's been doing the whole trial, but now it's our time to shine," Truitt's mom says.

Stacey Jackson says he will be pushing for a new trial as Judge Rumer did not allow them to charge the jury about some of state's witnesses being incarcerated.

"I think the expectation of a person that has a pending case to ask for a deal after testimony was grounds for the court to charge the jury," Jackson says.

As for Charles Foster Jr.'s mom, she may have her justice, but she won't be getting her son back.

"Y'all can see your sons, I can't see mine. I cannot hold mine," Jessi Foster says.

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