Man Convicted In Racial Shooting
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ A man who said he wanted to send a message to blacks has been convicted on four counts stemming from what police called racially motivated shootings.
Kirk Taberner was convicted Tuesday after a two-day trial in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.
Judge Charles Abood set sentencing for Jan. 21. Taberner, 27, faces up to 15 years in prison and a mandatory three-year sentence for using a firearm in committing the crimes against two black families.
No one was injured. Defense attorney Joseph Jordan said there was no proof that Taberner intended to harm the residents.
In a confession to police, Taberner said he was drunk at the time of the shootings, which were prompted by comments by his mother and neighbors.
″Mom and others had been talking about blacks migrating in ... making the property values go down,″ he said on the taped confession. ″I figured if we gave them a little message it would stop.″
He was convicted of felonious assault, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, vandalism and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damaging in the firing of shots into a door, a window and a car one night in August.
Three youths who were with Taberner have pleaded guilty to delinquency charges in Juvenile Court and have been sent to state detention centers for at least a year.