◼ Judge Feeney sentences a defiant, unremorseful Michael Youravish to life without possibility of parole for the brutal murder of Forrest Lovejoy - John Chiv/Words Worth Dec 1, 2015
Three family members spoke and their statements were so powerful that all of us in the courtroom were moved, except Youravish who just sat there with no emotion.◼ Youravish Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole For 2013 McKinleyville Murder Lost Coast Outpost
From the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office:And with that, one less murder trial in the queue.
On June 17, 2013, Michael Raymond Youravish lured Forrest Croft Lovejoy into the woods in McKinleyville and stabbed him to death, inflicting over 30 stab wounds. Mr. Youravish was subsequently arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
On November 3, 2015, a Humboldt County jury returned guilty verdicts against Michael Raymond Youravish for first-degree murder committed intentionally by means of lying in wait.
On December 1, 2015, Mr. Youravish was sentenced by the Honorable John Feeney to the maximum term of life in State Prison without possibility of parole. Mr. Lovejoy’s birth-mother, step-mother and step-father made statements at the sentencing. They thanked the court, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and its investigators and the District Attorney’s Office. They described Forrest as a trusting, fun-loving man with a goofy sense of humor who was well loved by his family. Mr. Youravish declined to comment.
This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Zachary Curtis.