Park shooter gets 10 years in prison

Moore, 21, planned confrontation that injured Troy man

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — He brought a gun to a fistfight and now Markell T. Moore, 21, of Huber Heights, will spend the next decade in prison on one count of first-degree attempted murder.

Moore pleaded no contest to the charge last month.

On Thursday, Miami County Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Moore to 10 years in prison for shooting Troy resident Treshon Whitson, 19, in the neck at Fountain Park in Piqua on Aug. 5 at 1:38 a.m. Whitson was treated at Upper Valley Medical Center, then at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The fight was allegedly over a female they both knew.

Judge Pratt noted Moore wore gloves to the scene of the incident, indicating Moore’s actions were premeditated.

“Sir, you are very lucky that this bullet didn’t move one centimeter further or we’d be looking at murder,” Pratt said.

Prior to sentencing, Moore said he wished Whitson was present so he could apologize to him in person and ask for forgiveness. Moore’s attorney Sam Huffman said his client was regretful for his actions and asked for leniency.

Miami County assistant prosecutor Paul Watkins said Moore’s actions were premeditated, noting Moore misfired the gun on the first attempt, then fired the gun again, striking Whitson in the neck.

“By the grace of God, that young man is still with us,” Watkins said. “This was calculated by the defendant and the state asks for a sentence on the high end.”

Moore was credited with 106 days of jail credit, no fine, and he must serve five years of post-release control. Moore has 30 days to appeal his sentence.

The following is a list of people who were arraigned in Miami County Common Pleas Court by Judge Jeannine Pratt on Thursday. All subjects entered pleas of not guilty and have a pre-trial date set for Nov. 30:

* David Ratcliff, 62, of Troy, three counts of first-degree felony rape. Ratcliff’s bond was set for $500,000 per count. Ratcliff could be sentenced to mandatory life in prison if he is found guilty.

* Dillion Spade, 22, of Troy, one count of second-degree felony child endangering. Spade’s bond of $100,000 was continued.

Spade was arrested following an investigation by Troy Police Department, where he admitted he was responsible for injuring his 5-month-old son in his care on Sept. 29.

The child’s traumatic head injuries occurred at the Budget Inn motel, where Spade, the mother of the child and another 5-year-old child were living. Hospital staff reported the child’s skull fractures appeared non-accidental and his injuries also included bleeding on the brain.

Spade, the father of the child, was questioned by Troy Police Department detectives and later admitted to shaking the baby, striking its head on the wall mirror because the baby would not stop crying.

* Jorden Reedy, 28, of New Weston, three counts of fourth-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Reedy’s bond was continued at $10,000 per count.

Reedy allegedly engaged in sexual relations with a 13-year-old female around February 2015 and fathered a child with the juvenile victim. The incident took place at Reedy’s Troy residence, according to officials.

* Eion Dangerfield, 24, of Piqua, one count of third-degree felony trafficking heroin. Dangerfield also is one of three men who allegedly broke into the home of retired Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputy Isaac Bollinger, 75, in Plattsville Monday night. They said Bollinger’s grandson owed them $100.

* George Morrison, 28, of Piqua, one count of fifth-degree felony illegal use of food stamps. Morrison’s $5,000 bond was continued.
Moore, 21, planned confrontation that injured Troy man

By Melanie Yingst