Charlotte Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder


From The Charlotte Observer By Liz Crampton, August 2, 2013

Eric Blackmon was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole after being convicted of murdering a Charlotte man in a May 2011 robbery.

The jurors deliberated for nearly 3 hours before finding Blackmon, 27, guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Miguel Corado outside an apartment complex.

After the verdict was announced, Blackmon turned to his mother, who has attended all three days of the trial, and said, “I love you, stay strong.”

“I will, I’m in God’s hands,” she replied.

Blackmon was also found guilty of robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

After Blackmon’s sentencing, his mother cried inside the nearly empty courtroom. Friends and family of Blackmon’s attended most of the trial, but only his mother was in the courtroom when the verdict was announced.

“We believe justice was done and it was the correct response,” said Mecklenburg Assistant District Attorney Tim Sielaff. “We hope it brings a sense of peace to Mr. Corado’s family.”

Lavarchio Allen, 30, a friend of Blackmon’s, testified Friday that while he was in prison in May, he solicited advice from Blackmon about a plea deal he was offered. He told jurors that during the conversation Blackmon confessed that he was involved in a shooting and robbery.

Corado was shot and robbed while sitting on his car trunk talking to a friend.

Kenneth Ravenell, 25, also has been charged with murder and robbery in connection with Corado’s killing. His trial is pending.

Assistant District Attorneys David Kelly and Sielaff say Blackmon and Ravenell were hunting someone to rob two years ago and came across Corado in Charlotte Creek Cashers on Central Avenue as he was paying his phone bill. The prosecutors say the pair then followed their victim to nearby Wembley Drive, where they shot and robbed him.

“He told me him and his other friend went on a robbery together and he didn’t have a choice but to shoot the person,” Allen told the jurors Friday.

Allen said Blackmon told him he then ran to South Carolina where his aunt lived and convinced her to provide an alibi for him. But his aunt backed out, Allen said, because she “got scared and told the truth.”

Defense attorney Dean Loven fought to block Allen from testifying, claiming that the evidence was prejudicial and not credible because it was told to a third party instead of law enforcement.

Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson sided with the state and allowed Allen to testify.

Loven said Blackmon plans to appeal.

During closing arguments Friday, Loven told jurors that the prosecutors’ evidence had failed to identify Blackmon as the assailant.

But Sielaff told jurors that all the evidence points to Blackmon as the killer.

“Miguel died a death he didn’t deserve,” Sielaff said. “He ran an errand, paid a phone bill and for that he died.”

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