A man whose claim of self-defense in a fatal shooting was dismissed by a Franklin County jury a week ago and was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday with no chance of parole for 44 years.
Kalawn Lammkin, 26, gave into the advice of defense attorney Robert Krapenc in refusing to comment during the hearing.
Yet, the mother of victim Jamie Garrett reported that she would speak loudly when it was her turn to address the court.
Her son who was 26 at the time of his murder, had been employed for 12 years, had earned a culinary degree and had become a talented chef, Diane Garrett said.
As for Lammkin, “I have yet to see anything he has accomplished except for violence,” she said. “Violence upon violence upon violence. That’s not an accomplishment. That’s a tragedy.”
Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French imposed Lammkin’s sentence, which included eight years for violating probation in a felonious assault case. Two months before he killed Garrett, he was set on probation for two years after pleading guilty to a 2015 attack in which he cut a man’s ear with a knife at a South Side apartment.
The victim, in that case, had been hesitant to testify because he feared Lammkin, a problem that also developed with witnesses to Garrett’s murder, Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Murnane told the judge.
Murnane said the minimum sentence for Lammkin’s convictions was 26 years to life, and he approached the judge for a “fundamentally higher” sentence.
Lammkin shot Garrett on Aug. 2, 2016, in a house on North Yale Avenue in Franklinton, where Lammkin had gone to confront the mother of his then-1-year-old son. He affirmed that he shot because Garrett, a guest in the house, had swung at him and pulled what he thought was a weapon.
The jury convicted Lammkin of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and possessing a weapon despite a felony conviction. French could have sentenced him to life without parole for aggravated murder, but she chose life without parole for 30 years, the next-most-serious penalty, plus six years for gun specifications and the eight for the probation violation.