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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 19, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 256 Kokomo Ind J Thursday May 50 cents Coward gets 40 years in prison ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff wrifer Referring to the Oct 9 shooting of a woman on the WalMart parking lot as a crime that affected an entire community a judge on Wednesday sentenced a Galveston teenager to in prison Barbara Brown the shooting victim said she does nt hate Ruben but added that the trauma of shooting and its aftermath is something she will have to live with all of her life During a onehour hearing Howard Circuit Court Judge R Alan Brubaker heard Lerma apologize to Brown twice and heard the effect the shooting had on the woman her family and the Kokomo area Lerma 16 has been held at the Howard County Criminal Justice Center since Dec 7 On April 20 he pleaded guilty to Class A felony charges of attempted murder and attempted robbery for his role in the shooting of Brown during a botched robbery During that hearing and again on Wednesday Lerma said ne had been drinking at the time of the attempted robbery and didnt realize what he had done until he heard the 9mm semi automatic handgun go off The teenager and his father Reynaldo Lerma told Brubaker that the teenager has turned his life around since he has been in jail The senior Lerma said he believed his son will not get into trouble again but Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ronald C Byal had a different opinion He said Lerma waited for a victim so he could get money for beer and gasoline and found an older woman who was walking to her car when no one was around He called Lerma a coward for shoot ing Brown in the back Byal said with a charge of attempted murder the teenager is starting at the top and has no place to go in his life of He asked Brubaker to sentence Lerma to the maxi mum of 50 years in prison Lock him up so he cant hurt anyone Byal said BroWn also asked Brubaker to consider the maximum sentence but added that with Lerma in prison we will pay for him for the rest of his life in the form of taxes The 58yearold Brown said of her assailant I dont hate Ruben I feel him I hold his par ents responsible as much as anything Tdont hate the family Im sorry that all this turned but the way it Brown described a feeling of nonbelief when Lerma drove up to her in the parking lot and said he would shoot her if she didn t surrender her purse She said she saw the gun but felt the situation was a The woman testified that she said no when Lerma demanded her purse and thenjshe turned to fet into her car It was then that she realized she had een shot Brown said her initial reaction to the shooting was anger but then she couldnt breathe and noticed blood soaking through herlclothing Brown told a packed courtroom she honked her car horn and yelled for help She credited Emergency Medical Technicians from Howard Community Hos pital in getting her to the facility in 13 minutes She also testified that as the 9mm slug passed through her body it damaged the lower lobe of her left lung and nicked her heart Brown said she initially spent about one week in the hospital but was readmitted complica tions including blood clots developed All told Brown said she spent 17 or 18 days in the hospital andstill receives physical therapy Brown described how her once active life has been restricted by the shooting and that she no longer leaves her home alone after dark Ifits not done before dark it does not get done its not important she said IUK wins Kellogg grant Program get a college education An Indiana University Kokomo early intervention program for bright teens facing potential education barriers has been awarded a grant The program Destination Education IUK received the award from the Kellogg Founda tion of Battle Creek Mich The grant will allow for three years of administrative growth and expansion of the program developed by the campus arid by local school corporations and community support ers We are delighted at this recognition from the Kellogg Foundation as well as the tangible IUK Chancellor Emita B Hill said in a statement Students participating in Destination Education IUK take part in various activities through the uni versity including academic tutoring and counseling cultural events career exploration summer oncam pus experience IUK student mentors parttime sum mer job opportunities and financial aid information and assistance Royal rescue effort Princess Di helps drowning vagrant LONDON AP Princess Diana is being hailed as a heroine for helping to save a man in dis tress The princess was on her way home from a jog in London s RegentsPark on Sunday when tourists flagged her car pointed to a bridge over the narrow lake and said someone had fallen in Diana still in running shoes and shorts told her chauffeur to call police on the car phone the National Heritage department said today Then she dashed to the bridge where she was joined by Kari Kotila 29 a Finnish student living in London said the department which oversees royal parks Kotila followed by Diana climbed over the parapet of the bridge onto the bank of the lake Kotila passed his backpack and wallet tp Diana then swam to the unconscious man and towed him to the bank Diana and other people who had joined her at the waters edge pulled the man out Diana helped turn the victim on his side as Koti la gave him mouthtomputh resuscitatipn until police arrived and officer Derek Caldwell took over The 42yearpld Irish vagrant remains in critical condi tion at Londons University Col lege Hospital where Diana visited him twice IUK earmarks scholarships for program par who begin the program as incoming eighthgraders Hill noted in a statement that all money donated to the twoyear old project has gone to support the scholarships We have received absolutely no fundingto administer the program nor have we asked for she said It ran with However with 60 and more students admitted into theprogram and taking part in all its activities volunteers simply cant The grant gives IUK a threeyear win to build up an endowment to cover adminis trative costs after the grant Hill said A full time director of the program will be hired The Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 as a private grantmaking organization provid ing seed money to organizations and institutions that have identified problems and designed action pro grams to solve them In the dog house again Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott signs an autograph as she stands with her Saint Bernard Schoitzie Wednes day night angered gay rights groups by saying she doesnt want her ballplayers to wear earrings because only fruits wear A story is on Page C1 AP photo A new view Jonathan Andrew Reid 1 and his brother Fredrick Allen Reid II 2 find a new vantage point from a window at their home at 1006 N Washington on Wednesday afternoon Their mother said the youngsters were watching neighbors who were working out doors in Wednesdays sunny weather Tribune photo by Tim Bath Suffering cancer victim Jackie Onassis gets wish Despite serious complications doctors let her go home NEW YORK AP Family members gathered at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis side after doc tors granted her wish to go home from the hospital where she was treated for serious cancer compli cations I think all the members of the family are distressed by the med ical her brotherinlaw Sen Edward Kennedy said Wednesday after flying in from Washington All the members of the family love her very deeply We wanted to be here this evening Shes rest ing The 64yearold Mrs Onassis who has nonHodgkins lym phoma a cancer of the lymph sys tem was released earlier in the day from New York HospitalCor nell Medical Center Mrs Onassis had been admitted on Monday as a result of seri ous complica tions of her malignant the hospital said in a state ment In accordance with the patients clearly expressed wishes and with the concurrence of her physicians she has been discharged Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Robinson refused to elaborate on the complications or treatment Mrs Onassis spokeswoman Nancy Tuckerman did not return a call Two hours after Mrs Onassis Onassis returned to her Fifth Avenue apartment paramedics arrived carrying covered equipment that appeared to be oxygen canisters the New York Post reported Sen Kennedy and his wife Vic toria visited her as did Mrs Onassis sister Lee Radziwill Ross He said Mrs Onassis chil dren John Kennedy Jr and Caro line Kennedy Schlossberg also were at the apartment Both live in New York Other visitors included Mrs Onassis niece Maria Shriver the Post said John Kennedy Jr spent the day at his mothers bedside at the hos pital the newspaper said Mrs Onassis also was hospital ized for several days in April for surgery on a bleeding ulcer No more tickling the keys Judge sentences Houston piano teacher HOUSTON AP A piano teacher accused of fondling two of his students was ordered to hang a sign on his door warning children to stay away give away his prized piano and keep his fingers off the keyboard for 20 years George R Marrs 66 pleaded np contest Wednesday to mplesting two girls ages 9 and 10 State District Judge Ted Poe tolcj Marrs that fpr the next 20 years he must have a sign on his front door reading No Children Under the Age of 18 Allowed on These Premises By Court He was also sentenced tP 30 days in jail and 20 hpurs of community service each week for an unspecified length of time Marrs must give his piano to a Hpustpn childrens hprne and cannpt buy a new one He cannot even play a piano until the end pf his 20 years prpbatipn He stple the desire from these girls tp play the pianp so he shpuldnt be able to play the pianp Poe said Marrs had a pripr arrest fpr indecency with a child and was placed pn 10 years prpbatipn in 1987 Inside Sports Pacers will try to clinch NBA playoff series tpnight Page Cl Also inside Business Classified Local News Pf
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