Youngstown man sentenced to jail in murder of 23-year-old woman

Keith Sims, 27, will spend 18 years to life behind bars.

Keith Sims was found guilty of murder in Youngstown, Ohio.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A convicted Youngstown murderer was sentenced Tuesday morning for the death of Shaniece Wells in October of 2014.

Keith Sims, 27, will spend 18 years to life behind bars, despite claims that he had nothing to do with Wells’ death.

Sims was found guilty of murder last month.

Investigators said Sims shot and killed the 23-year-old woman during a fight at a home on E. Boston Avenue. Police said Wells was not believed to be involved in the altercation but had gone there to help break it up. She was the only one shot and later died from her injuries.

In court Tuesday morning, the victim’s mother said Sims often smiled through the trial before being found guilty.

“He showed no remorse. I don’t think he has a conscious. I don’t think he has any feelings, and I just hope that justice be served,” said Latonya White.

Other relatives held photos of the victim in court, as well as her son, who is now four years old.

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