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Cleveland man sentenced to 10 years in prison for carjacking elderly woman on Mother's Day

Posted at 3:46 PM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 15:46:23-05

A man who carjacked a 67-year-old Cleveland woman on Mother's Day last year will spend the next 10 years behind bars.

Shairon Motley-Lipscomb, 21, was sentenced Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to carjacking the woman at gunpoint. 

The victim had just returned home from church when an unknown man walked up to her and demanded her keys, saying he didn't want to have to kill her.

The man took her phone, keys and 2008 Buick Enclave. The car had been a gift from her sons.

“A grandmother on her way home from church on Mother’s Day was talking to her daughter on the telephone,” U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman said. “That is when this defendant pointed a gun at her and stole her car. We remain committed to getting defendants like this off our streets and making our communities safer.”

Three weeks after the carjacking, one of her sons came across the car by pure happenstance.

The Buick was found near the corner of East 139th Street and Melzer Avenue — just minutes from her home. 

The woman's daughter said she was awestruck when her brother found the SUV that afternoon.

“My brother said he was riding by and he backed up, and he pulled up and sure enough it was my mother's vehicle,” she said.

A judge sentenced Motley-Lipscomb to spend 10 years and four months in prison.

“There is no place for an individual like this in our community,” stated Trevor Velinor, ATF’s Special Agent in Charge for the Columbus Field Division.  “A person who is so willing to violate our laws and societal norms, against a mother on Mothers’ Day no less, needs to be removed from our community so he can do no further harm.”