Reginald Lofton Shane Varnadore

The 15-year-old Gwinnett County boy convicted of killing Papa John's pizza driver Shane Varnadore may be back out on the street by age 45.

Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Randy Rich on Thursday sentenced Reginald Lofton to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Meaning, if the teen behaves himself in prison, he could be released on parole in 30 years.

"I wish I could give you more time than I can, because I think you’re a coldblooded killer. I hope you never get out of jail," Judge Rich told Lofton.

Varnadore, 28, was shot and killed on March 1 while delivering pizza to the Wesley Herrington Apartment complex in Lawrenceville, GA.

Lofton and an accomplice, Jermaine Young, 21, were soon arrested and charged with murder and luring Varnadore to the complex with the intentions of robbing him.

Young, who has yet to be tried, was the trigger man. Lofton was only 14 at the time of the shooting. But the prosecutor tried Lofton as an adult because evidence shows he provided the cellphone to Young to lure Varnadore to the complex.

Then, after watching the shooting, the teenager calmly removed the pizza from an insulated carrier and returned to his sister's apartment, where he lived after his mother died in Chicago.

Lofton's sister, Porsha Porter, was grateful that the judge gave her brother a chance at parole.

“Instead of throwing him under the jail cell, help him, counsel him, something,” Porter pleaded in court.

Lofton spoke to the family of his victim after his sentencing.

"I just want to say that I'm sorry for your loss but, um, I did not, um, kill your son... and I wasn’t the shooter. That's it judge."

  • RaginB

    So young...

  • Sucker Free

    Dumb azz demons...how much money do u think u gonna get from a pizza delivery driver anyway

    I need some lighter fare bbl

  • hi-liter

    No sympathy from the judge even though the young man lost his mother at a young age probably due to the same violence the young man subjected his victim too. Sad.

  • digital_femme

    The real story is how that's the only picture of that teenager that they could find to circulate in the media. No school photos, nothing. *sipping tea*

  • i troll it like i see it

    Really don't care to hear any rehabilitation chit on this matter. And if it was your son or brother or friend that was lured and murdered, people wouldn't be preaching that mess. His sister wouldn't have said what she said if it was someone she loved that was murdered. I really feel for that young man, unknowingly walking into his death. May god rest his soul.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Congrats Dubb!!!!! On winning the bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Whooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • i troll it like i see it

    So the fck what. You got sympathy for the wrong person in this matter. Why did he TAKE such a devilish picture?

  • BLACK LOVE

    Smh people who Rob the pizza man shouldn't ever be let out of jail obviously u are too stupid to be in normal society...how much money and pizza do they think he has on him...they give this roach life with parole for murder smfh! Mean while my homie is up in the feds for money laundering until 2045 never been convicted of a crime let alone a violent crime smfh

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    If folks would work and get their own smh my heart goes out to the victim's family.

  • puppylove

    He looks like a baby.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Yay???

  • goat

    How do you get life with parole when you committed murder during a robbery? That's Capital murder here in Bama. That's life with out parole.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Dubb won? Go girl!

  • Annaunki

    The judge knows there will be no streets when he turns 45, only cotton fields, lets just see which race of people be picking

  • AG

    Right! Like he's 9 or something.

  • Renee Bee

    Oh Lawd why? This is too heavy right now. A meaningless fashion post would have been great.

  • Op2

    Because people are smart and do not buy into some propped up school pic. --we want the truth. Seeing him in action on the internet with a weapon speaks volume.

    For the next 3-decades or 30yrs, that menace has been removed from society.

  • digital_femme

    Wow, why so angry?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Much deserved!

  • hi-liter

    ----

  • Annaunki

    fight to get him home... its some BS, start off by learning the TRUTH about money and banking system and you will see no such thing.

  • digital_femme

    Oh wait, I just noticed your name. At least you're upfront about it!! ?

  • puppylove

    Age

  • Op2

    The new cotton-fields are those for-profit jails and prisons. One way or another, if thugs don't straighten and focus on getting a real education and worthwhile job, they will be working on a controlled plantation for 10 cents and hour.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Deflect all you want, doesn't change the truth. I wasn't doing mess like this at 14, were you?

  • Annaunki

    define... real education and worthwhile job"

  • Op2

    Looks can be deceiving. -he is a 15yr old 9th grader who murdered a pizza man in order to spend the next 30yrs of life incarcerated.

  • puppylove

    The comment was regarding how young he is. Another life wasted.

  • puppylove

    Need to open a business, so that their past can't be used to deny them employment.

  • goat

    Oh ok. It's kind of confusing when they charged him as an adult, but his age keeps him out of prison for the remainder of his life.

  • Diva4lyfe

    this whole situation is sad. Then his comment to the family was useless he could have kept that. I just hope that while he is sitting down for the next 3 decades some common sense and reason for living come to reality for him. I agree with some other comments if it was your family member you would be asking the judge to throw the book at them. Yes I understand he lost his mom to violence but instead of not wanting the same thing in life for your future you go and do the same exact thing to another family. SMH at the youth now a days

  • Op2

    The Judge did give him sympathy. Instead of sentencing him to life without parole, he will be out in 30yrs. -that is plenty of time to to earn his GED in juvie.

    Instead of rotting for 30yrs, he could spend his extra time after work earning online college credits for a degree. At least, he will be able to work in constructions; on animal farm or own culinary catering or private landscaping business.

  • puppylove

    Also he did not shoot the man. Sandra's write up is confusing.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    I am usually mad at the picture chosen in other instances (like police shootings). But in this case, f*ck lil thug. The picture used matches the story. It IS the best picture they could find.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    First of all a15-year-old was sentenced to life in prison when HE DIDN'T EVEN SHOOT ANYONE. Let that sink.
    "“Instead of throwing him under the jail cell, help him, counsel him, something,” Porter pleaded in court."
    =========
    He absolutely DID throw him under the jail

    “I wish I could give you more time than I can, because I think you’re a coldblooded killer. I hope you never get out of jail,” Judge Rich told Lofton."
    ==========
    So glad the judge was open and unbiased *sarcasm*

    “I just want to say that I’m sorry for your loss but, um, I did not, um, kill your son… and I wasn’t the shooter. That’s it judge.”

    ========
    He sounds just like the immature kid that he is. This is tragic.

  • sunni_daze

    Wow...he went to court and was convicted before Dylan the Killer. I get it keep the black boys crimes fresh in the minds of people. Hold off on Dylan "HATE CRIME KILLER" and hope the people forget what he did. Na slim

  • puppylove

    But when they kill, they dig up the yearbook photos.

  • Low E. TUH!

    Then, after watching the shooting, the teenager calmly removed the pizza from an insulated carrier and returned to his sister’s apartment, where he lived after his mother died in Chicago.
    -
    EXACTLY. THIS IS SAD AF...CAN WE GET A ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS ON BREAKING THE CHAINS OF POVERTY? THIS MENTALITY IS SICK AND NEEDS TO BE BROKEN.

  • Low E. TUH!

    THIS...BRUH!

  • We Can Do This

    A despicable act. The pair can easily be classified as human waste.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    That's true. But I still have no sympathy for young thug up top.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Root Cause. Exactly Low, that's the part all these internet executioners are neglecting to mention in their rant posts

  • puppylove

    This kind of news always makes me sad, and so greatful for my mother.

  • puppylove

    He should have snitched.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    It does. Sad on all ends. The victim and suspect families both lose in these cases.

  • Sucker Free

    That's felony murder...if someone dies during commission of a felony all accomplices get the murder charge

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    I understand the law. I also see how it's unfairly applied.

  • Sucker Free

    I agree he's young could have been coerced. But the policy behind felony murder is everyone who partipated is liable for all consequences of commission. Eating that pizza nailed it for him

  • Low E. TUH!

    A FORMER BLACK MEMPHIS MAYOR SAID (AND I QUOTE) "IT'S A BLACK PROBLEM"...MY ISSUE WITH THAT IS HE NEGLECTED TO ADDRESS ALL THE REASONS WHY IT'S A BLACK PROBLEM AND THE COMMON SENSE FACT THAT THE CURRENT STATE OF BLACK PEOPLE IS NOT ENTIRELY BLACK PEOPLE'S FAULT...THEREFORE WE GET ALL THESE BAND AID FIXES THAT DON'T LAST BECAUSE THEY FAIL TO ADDRESS THE REAL ISSUE.

    I JUST NEED MORE CAPITAL UGH!

  • mela.reign77

    Such a sad story no matter how you look at it.

  • We Can Do This

    The people that can balance things out aren't effected by this senseless violence.

  • brooklyn23

    Boom bitch bye

  • We Can Do This

    A person has bigger problems if they feel killing someone over a box of pizza is necessary.

  • sunni_daze

    We gotta call it like we see it.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    30 years in jail for a 15 year old will do nothing but turn the kid into a career criminal. He will not get to experience anything about his puberty. Will more then likely find his sexual identity in prison around other males. Will never have kids, hold down a real job etc, etc. He was an accomplice in murder but he did not pull the trigger therefore he should of been sentenced appropriately. The whole "calmly took the pizza and went back home" is speculative at this point. And more then likely is a narrative adapted by the prosecutor to make the kid seem that much more cold- hearted. This is unfortunate, but this kid was sentenced to basically life in because of his skin color much more then his crime.

  • CapricornIce

    I have no sympathy for folks (blacks, white,yellow & purple) that kill innocent people for no reason. You should never get out, because the person you killed is never coming back.

  • Hmmm~?

    Wisdom and common sense comes from real-world experience/trial and error. Since he won't be getting any of that, on top of no education, he's pretty much done for. If he gets out he'll be equally as stupid as when he went in. Threw his entire life away over a box of pizza. Smh would be an understatement.

  • Carolina Blue

    But dylan roof...nevermind

  • Op2

    This is true.

    -at least he cannot procreate in prison to help stop the madness of creating kids more kids who will be a product of their negative environment and dysfunctional family. Whew!

  • 1shy112

    I live in Gwinnett and this is terrible I sit with that family in spirit as I sat in the same seats. Spiritual hugs to the hurting family I'm sorry for your loss, I know how it feels, it hurts so bad without being touched physically. May he rip ?? Shame when your just doing your job.

  • 1shy112

    I live in Gwinnett and this is terrible I sit with that family in spirit as I sat in the same seats. Spiritual hugs to the hurting family I'm sorry for your loss, I know how it feels, it hurts so bad without being touched physically. May he rip ?? Shame when your just doing your job.

  • 1shy112

    I live in Gwinnett and this is terrible I sit with that family in spirit as I sat in the same seats. Spiritual hugs to the hurting family I'm sorry for your loss, I know how it feels, it hurts so bad without being touched physically. May he rip ?? Shame when your just doing your job.

  • 1shy112

    I live in Gwinnett and this is terrible I sit with that family in spirit as I sat in the same seats. Spiritual hugs to the hurting family I'm sorry for your loss, I know how it feels, it hurts so bad without being touched physically. May he rip ?? Shame when your just doing your job.

  • MystyBlu

    Hey Juss! Has anyone heard how her dad is doing? I'm still catching up on posts after my move. Please let her know her and the family are still in my prayers.

  • Op2

    An education that also teaches self-respect and respect for others, as well as personal responsible and accountability. Too many are going from failing schools to hoodlum schools where they are trapped with the same mentality and environment that leads to nowhere. Worthwhile jobs are those with strong careers especially in the healthcare field. Seldom do we see a nurse, pharmacy or physician out of work for too long. Even lawyers can become the head of a private school or college, if not a career politician. The same goes with those who studied to perform on a civil service or military exam in order to qualify and train for worthwhile jobs that they can use in regular life once they are done. Those are jobs that where people can pretty much determine their own destiny, children's upbring in a good school system with a decent income or benefits to put away for their college education.

    In his case, the best scenario would be a legitimate job or business where he can produce real income to afford rent and utility to avoid returning back to prison. Hussle money and chump change only make Black people weak-minded preys where they will become delusional and fall for quick cash which leads them right back to the plantation or being incarcerated. -it is all about taking control over one's life.

  • jussaying

    right. and who is to say that he wasn't in shock and the way his mind dealt with it was by disassociating. it gets on my nerves when people think you're supposed to react to tragedy in a specific way.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    It is NOT a Black problem
    ALL RACES BEHAVE IN THIS MANNER.
    "THEY" love to magnify if when it is a Black person.
    Unstable is unstable, no matter the hue.

  • hi-liter

    When this bish is convicted, they better not let it sit on death row for 20 years either. He needs to be killed 9 days after his conviction, that's how many people he killed in that church.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Yes, Keep her dad in prayer. He still fighting and they fighting and praying.

  • puppylove

    The way some of these co's get down that is not a guarantee.

  • Diva4lyfe

    you are right he will have a long time to think about the $10 pizza got me 30 years and 9 times out of 10 he won't learn anything from this he will come out the same way he went in with the I don't give a dern attitude.

  • hottlanta

    Ask a second grade dropout and unemployed Trump supporter who feels left out of the system and think Trump is gonna take them to the promise land once he becomes President and yet they tell black folks to stop looking for government to take care of us and pull ourselves up by the boot strap.

  • hottlanta

    I would question why someone 21 would be with someone that young whether the person is male or female. My child will not be 15 and have a friend 21 years old. No ma am.

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    I am not saying this kids role in the murder is justified.. I totally agree with your statement

  • the guest

    People forget how oppressed black people in the south still are. Dylan Roof's conviction is delayed because southern climate is docile. There is no protesting spirit. Those families had to forgive him to survive in the oppressive south. Had they protested the white south would've withheld sympathy.

    If Dr. King were alive there would've been have peaceful marches every single day until justice was swift. Not today. Settlements and apologies are enough.

    Black people are broken in the south.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Welp... This kid gone learn today -- or over the next 30 years...

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    I wonder would this 15 year old kid's sentence would be this harsh if he was white...

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    Maybe I wouldn't have given him that much time, but I dont have a whole lot of sympathy for him. He made some bad choices so he needs to pay for his crime. His actions led to the murder of an innocent man. I would have probably given him 20-25 years.

  • Imma?????

    That young man knew what was about to take place when he left his sisters house. He is not innocent. If it were possible, I would give both boys the death penalty. Kill and be killed. No excuses! An innocent human lost their life and his family will forever hurt for that. If he had children, they will forever be without their dad, so why spare any human who can cause such hurt to a complete stranger? Neither nigga needs to be breathing if I can say so ever so honestly! I don't care that another black not is in the system.....That same black kid could have very well killed my black kid!!!! A murderer is a murderer!!!!

  • jussaying

    well he wasn't being parented clearly. since he was staying with his sister.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    This!!

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Right

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Not all of us in the south. But I get where you're going with this.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Chile this ain't no Tyler perry movie movie. He will be institutionalized. End game.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    "Shane Varnadore may be back out on the street by age 45."

    With any luck, he won't live that long.

  • Imma?????

    I love people like you. Thanks for your REAL comment!

  • Imma?????

    Instead of just moving they should've got his ads some counseling on how to mourn, rebuild after a death! Now, he will use up resources that could be channelled for a better cause and probably get out and still be stupid as he was when he made the poor choice to partake willingly in the senseless murder of another human being!

  • KB

    PO ? ?!

    RIP Shane Varnadore

  • KB

    Shane Varnadore was the victim.

  • nick c

    You dont plea on a murder rap you get fried I know plenty of blacks that got 15 or less on a murder charge because they plea down to 2nd degree.

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    Oh, okay.. thx for the info.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Yea I get it, it just really sucks

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Yea I get it, it just really sucks

  • God is working on me!

    No he wouldn't.

  • Ticklegirl

    Good discussion but having lived in the South and North...It looks like the black people who live in the north live a more oppressed life. I think people don't realize how times really have changed, I see more broken black people in the North.

    These viewpoints on Southern black people oppression may have been more valid 30 years ago.

  • kekeb

    This is sad and ignorant. This is the type of behavior that makes white people (and other races) fearful of us. Acts like THIS is the main reason Dylan Ruff felt it necessary to kill black people.

  • hottlanta

    Regardless what about the mindset of someone 21 wanting to be with someone 15.

  • Mac Jones

    I hate people who say stupid shit like you. White people are the most diabolical people on the planet. This kind of behavior makes white people fearful of us??? The people who formed a lynch mob or their descendants? The rapists or their offspring? Who is so afraid of us? Those enjoying the privilege of murderers? Please with your bigoted viewpoints. Asskissing. Bootlicking. And seeking to measure up to a low class people. And for the record pathetic white people apologist. 10 million people were arrested previous year. And 7 million of those people were WHITE. You wont find an almanac online. Wonder why? Get one. Look at all arrests for the year. We are not as criminal as you've been lead to believe. But our incarceration rate is 10,000 blacks to 1,000. Whites. Propaganda has made you the white mans bitch.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    WOW really ?? They have kills millions of blacks they have treated blacks like the scum of the earth and we kill one of them and they are scared of us WTH ??

  • nick c

    Immature kid....some innocent person was murdered in front of your face and you did nothing but eat the pizza with that mans dead corpse laying outside...give me a break.

  • tintin

    i hate that pic and can't imagine what went so wrong in this boys life for him to already have that mindset to set up a man and murder him.

  • Tgritty

    I have to agree with the other commenters, your logic makes no sense. Do you fear all white people because of Dylan Roof? People commit heinous crimes and hopefully are punished accordingly. The only thing that is sad and ignorant is your assertion that this is the reason to fear an entire race of people.

  • We Can Do This

    Agreed

  • Imma?????

    It's that slave mentality. Someone should quickly let them know-We's FREE now!

  • Aletha Davis

    AMAN.

  • Op2

    Wow. That's sad. smh

  • jussaying

    i'm not arguing that -i'm saying his sister wasn't watching him to allow that to happen. but not sure what you're insinuating with the age difference. if you mean dude is a pedophile or what, but the age difference in the hood isn't uncommon. the lack of a strong male role model in the household or in his immediate life usually means little boys seek that relationship elsewhere. so he probably found mentorship from the neighborhood delinquent as per usual. this allows the older person to manipulate the younger kid into doing stuff (as we saw here). also, there isn't anything inherently wrong with a twenty one year old hanging out with a fifteen year old as long as they are doing age appropriate things. the whole big brother/big sister program is founded on pairing an older person with a young person to mentor them... and lord knows that kids don't always listen to their parents and need that outside party that is closer to their age to tell them the same thing (perhaps in more relatable terms). as a parent, however, i agree with you as far as monitoring whom your child hangs around and that should be age indiscriminate.

  • jussaying

    i'm not arguing that -i'm saying his sister wasn't watching him to allow that to happen. but not sure what you're insinuating with the age difference. if you mean dude is a pedophile or what, but the age difference in the hood isn't uncommon. the lack of a strong male role model in the household or in his immediate life usually means little boys seek that relationship elsewhere. so he probably found mentorship from the neighborhood delinquent as per usual. this allows the older person to manipulate the younger kid into doing stuff (as we saw here). also, there isn't anything inherently wrong with a twenty one year old hanging out with a fifteen year old as long as they are doing age appropriate things. the whole big brother/big sister program is founded on pairing an older person with a young person to mentor them... and lord knows that kids don't always listen to their parents and need that outside party that is closer to their age to tell them the same thing (perhaps in more relatable terms). as a parent, however, i agree with you as far as monitoring whom your child hangs around and that should be age indiscriminate.

  • Shade Fest

    I live in the complex where this murder took place and that could've easily been me. So hell no I don't feel sorry for these murderers...sad situation on both sides but ummmmm no sympathy from me.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    May as well keep him for life he won't be able to function in the world after spending that many years in prison.

  • Chrisblackusa

    Kid brought that chicago vibe with him to the suburbs of Georgia...New look and chance in life and instead of hanging with his peers he with a loser 21yr old....now an innocent man is dead...

  • NAYB

    And what did they get from him..free pizza and what 40 bucks IF THAT!foolish. That poor guy. Very sad

  • i troll it like i see it

    And this is what people need to read, people who could have been effected by this crime. People have sympathy for the murderers because they are not involved and can't even picture themselves in that position as the victim (why I don't know). But what if it was them? Or their mama, or brother or father murdered on the job? Then they would want the perpetrator under the jail all of a sudden.

  • sunni_daze

    You may be on to something. But I'll say this, there is no way on this green earth I would forgive him, publicly or in private. And wouldn't consider no prayers either.

  • HelloToni

    I feel the same way. I may be in the minority but he didn't pull the trigger. Yes he played a significant part but 45 years ....