WARREN, Ohio (WKBN)- A man convicted in the death of a pregnant woman in Warren was sentenced Friday.
Kemari James, 29, will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murders of La’Nesha Workman and her unborn child and the attempted murder of Andrew Haynes.
Just two weeks after his conviction, James was back in a Trumbull County Courtroom, where Workman’s mother pleaded with the judge to give James the maximum sentence.
“He’s dangerous if he was ever to be set free he would put another family through the same thing, and I truly believe that,” said April Riggins, Workman’s mother.
A jury found James guilty of killing Workman at her home on Ogden Avenue back in April 2020. She was pregnant at the time. Prosecutors have said James meant to shoot Haynes, but missed and hit Workman instead. Two of her young children were in the room at the time of the shooting.
A few weeks later, James was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Baltimore.
“I’m angry because La’Nesha cannot be here to raise her babies I’m mad our life has been turned upside down,” said Riggins.
Judge Gary Yost sentenced James to 32 years to life in prison
“I’m sorry for ya’ll loss truly from my heart but I believe deep down inside in your hearts and your souls that you all know I didn’t kill you all daughter,” said James.
“Despite his protest of innocence we all know he’s guilty; and of course 12 jurrors know he’s guilty and he’s thrown away his life he’s consistently been in trouble,” said Chris Becker, Asst. Prosecutor.
“Clearly there are no winners today. We will take full advantage of our appellate rights,” said Walter Madison, defense attorney.