Guilty Plea In Murder Of ‘Dayton Daily News’ Reporter

By: E&P Staff

A teenager pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will stay in jail until he is 36 years old for the shooting death last September of Dayton Daily News reporter Derek Ali, the newspaper reported Tuesday.

Elijah Griffin, 17, was facing trial as an adult and could have received 15 years to life in prison on murder charges, according to the Daily News article by Rob Modic.

Ali, 47, was killed last Sept. 5 after finishing work as a disc jockey at a party in a community center. Shooting broke out, and Ali was struck in the chest as he pushed a woman away from the gunfire. The woman later credited Ali with saving her life.

Ali died at the scene. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral, and in recent weeks he has been memorialized with a blood drive, and plans to install a bench in his honor in a local park.

“It’s good to see resolution of this case, but we feel no real sense of satisfaction,” Daily News Managing Editor Steve Sidlo told the paper. “A very good man who helped a lot of young people is still dead. A 17-year-old is sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing him. It’s just tragic. Derek, if he’d had the chance, might have been able to help this young man get his life back on track. We’ll never know now.”

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