A second suspect in the slaying of a Youngstown State University student has been sentenced to 90 years to life in prison.
Jamelle Jackson, 20, was convicted in the murder of Jamail Johnson following a fight at a Feb. 6, 20011 Superbowl party. Columbus Jones, 23, was convicted of having a role in Johnson’s murder in February and sentenced to 92 years to life in prison.
Johnson, 25, and fraternity brothers were hosting the party when gunfire erupted outside their house when partygoers began fighting.
Rebecca Doherty, chief of the criminal divisional in the Mahoning County prosecutor’s office called the melee a “corner fistfight turned into a catastrophe,” according to the Vindicator.
Many of the 60 partygoers were students at Youngstown State University. Johnson was shot four times as he tried to usher people to safety inside the house during the gunfire, Doherty said.
The victim’s mother Shirlene Hill spoke during Jones’ sentencing begging the judge for a lengthy jail term.
“Your senseless act has cost me countless sleepless nights. Columbus, you robbed me of a precious treasure that night,” she said. “I can no longer hear his voice, or see his beautiful smile that would light up any room. That was all taken from me.”
Jackson has maintained his innocence throughout the trial.
”I never once fired a gun into that house. Not one time,” Jackson said, according to the Tribune Chronicle.
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