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Update: Fuller’s lack of remorse plays factor in life sentence

Updated: Thursday, March 13 2014, 05:38 PM EDT

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- From a brutal, unforgettable murder for West Bellaire residents in 2012, to a trial and a sentencing for one of two co-defendants in 2014.
The case for 21-year-old Devin Wayne Fuller came to a close with a sentence of life in prison without parole Thursday in the Belmont County Courthouse.
“It is ordered that the offender shall be imprisoned to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the crime of aggravated murder,” said presiding Judge John Solovan II.
Fuller’s fate was ultimately sealed by his showing of no outward remorse and in the judge’s words, his failure to take any accountability.
“You have no appreciation for the impact you have had on the lives of so many people in this county,” Solovan said.
On the other end of the spectrum, emotion ran deep.
“In my 35 years as a police officer in Bellaire, I have never seen such a horrendous crime,” said police chief Mike Kovalyk said, who tearfully recalled childhood memories of the victim in the case, Lydia Ashworth.
“Fifty years ago as a child, I delivered this woman’s paper and the last recollection I have of her is when I assisted the coroner’s office in removing her from her home when she was murdered.
Solovan closed Fuller’s sentencing with a letter from Ashworth’s daughter, part of which was addressed to the 21-year-old.
“To all who can hear my voice in honor of my mom, I would ask that you, Devin, consider doing something nice for someone someday because that’s how she lived her life every day.”
Fuller was remanded into the custody of the Sheriff’s Office pending transportation to orient correctional facility.
With that, after nine days of testimony, deliberation and ultimately one big sentencing decision, the case -- at least for Fuller -- is in the books.

Update: Fuller’s lack of remorse plays factor in life sentence

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