WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A convicted Warren County killer was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for murdering a 19-year-old Navy recruit earlier this year.
Timothy Mosley apologized to the family of Justin Back inside the Warren County courtroom before Judge Donald Oda handed down the life sentence, which has no chance for parole.
"I keep asking myself the last nine and a half months why I did it and I just can't give you that answer right now. I hope someday that I will be able to give you that answer," Mosley said as he faced the victim's family.
After the sentencing Back's mother Sandy said that, while nothing can bring Justin back, the apology helps.
"It's different when, when they're sorry," Sandy said. "It doesn't bring Justin back but it helps with healing. It doesn't bring closure but it brings some healing."
Mosley pleaded guilty and testified against his co-defendant, Austin Myers, as part of a deal to avoid the death penalty. Myers is the youngest inmate on Ohio's death row.
"At the end you saw the level of remorse with Tim Mosley that does not exist with Austin Myers," said Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell regarding Mosley's plea deal.
Mosley and Myers, both 19, admitted to creating an elaborate plan to kill Back in his Waynesville home. Back was planning to leave for the military prior to his murder.