“It shows a pattern in your lifestyle – that you are prone to give trouble.” – Justice Gonzalez
Lloyd Elijio, 22, was sentenced this morning to 12 years in prison by Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez after he was convicted of the attempted murder of Mark Lord, 22.
Elijio was convicted of the October 2009 shooting on October 28, 2013, and was given one week to prepare his mitigation plea and find witnesses to speak on his behalf.
But this morning when court resumed, there was no one to speak for him, and Justice Gonzalez continued with the proceedings.
In his mitigation plea, Elijio told the court “I humbly ask the court to have mercy on me. I have a 4-year old daughter and one on the way, and I am the breadwinner. I am sorry for the wrong I have done! I send my regards to the family of Mark Lord and would like to assist them in any way I could. I ask the court to please have mercy on me, for the sake of my family”.
After considering his mitigation plea, Justice Gonzalez, referring to Elijio’s previous convictions, told him, “It shows a pattern in your lifestyle – that you are prone to give trouble. I am considering the prevalence of this crime in young men your age, but I also have to consider how you did this crime – the stalking of the person, then lay-waiting him and shooting him with the intention to kill him”.
After addressing those issues, Justice Gonzalez then sentenced Elijio to 12 years in prison, effective October 28, 2013, the date of his conviction.
Elijio was unrepresented in this trial, in which the Crown, represented by Sheneiza Smith and Javier Chan, convinced a jury that on October 25, 2009, Elijio stalked Lord all the way to Hydes Lane and fired several shots at him, one of which caught him in the left side of the chest.