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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Cleveland man sentenced to more than a decade in prison after armed carjacking of a grandmother on Mother's Day

A Cleveland man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison after an armed carjacking of a Cleveland grandmother last Mother’s Day, law enforcement officials said.

Shairon Motley-Lipscomb, 21, was sentenced to 10 years and four months in federal prison after pleading guilty to carjacking and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

On May 14, 2017 – Mother’s Day – Motley-Lipscomb approached a 67-year-old woman while she stood in her driveway talking on her cell phone to her daughter. The victim had recently returned from church services when Motley-Lipscomb brandished a firearm and stole the victim’s 2008 Buick Enclave, according to court documents.

The victim dropped her cell phone. Her daughter, still on the phone, heard Motley-Lipscomb saying to another: “Yeah, I got the car. Meet me at Mom’s,” according to court documents.

“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.”

“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.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian McDonough following an investigation by the Cleveland Division of Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated February 8, 2018