INDIANAPOLIS - Friends and family cried after the man charged in the January fatal shooting of a pizza delivery driver was found guilty Wednesday afternoon.
Shawn Wilson, 27, was charged with murder in the Jan. 31 shooting of Daniel Jaffke, a 30-year-old pizza delivery driver in Indianapolis.
Jaffke was found fatally shot in the parking lot of a south-side apartment complex after he had delivered a pizza to a customer at the Capital Place Apartments.
Jaffke’s friends and family attended Wednesday's hearing to show their support for the driver.
"They said that Daniel's last words were, ‘Oh God, oh God, no,’ like in a pleading tone, begging for his life, and he had no mercy for Daniel," the victim’s mother Donna Jaffke said.
Jaffke said she hopes the judge shows no mercy on Aug. 29 when Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced.
"If they let him out, he will do it again because he's a meth addict and I think he'll fall right back into that lifestyle," Jaffke said.
Jaffke said she was grateful for the support she’s received from friends and the community as a whole -- especially from other musicians who shared her son’s passion for music.
"The Indianapolis music scene, the people in it, they've been great. I don't know how we could have coped without them, I just don't," Jaffke said. "A lot of it's painful a lot of it makes you laugh and smile, I miss him I miss him so bad."
Jaffke said knowing her son’s killer will be locked away for a long time is helpful, but she says in this case, the scales of justice are not balanced.
"I only think justice would be served if I got Daniel back, so I don't think there's really any justice, not true justice," Jaffke said.
In addition to the murder conviction, Wilson was also found guilty of robbery and possession of a handgun without a license.
Recent history of pizza delivery drivers attacked
An 18-year-old woman was delivering for Domino's Pizza in the 2500 block of East Washington Street when she was attacked Tuesday evening.
Police said a man and woman ordered two large pizzas. When the employee arrived, they pushed her to the sidewalk and forced her head into the concrete.
One of the suspects then demanded her money and keys to her car. Police said the teen refused to give up her keys and managed to run away.
The suspects have not been caught.
Just weeks before Jaffke was killed, another pizza delivery driver was killed on the city's southwest side.
Police said 49-year-old John Sullivan was found in the basement of a home on South Belmont Avenue.
Two men were arrested in Wyoming in connection to the case, and detectives said the men spent several days trying to lure delivery drivers to the home.
They have both pleaded not guilty.
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