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Second Youngstown Suspect Found Guilty in Omega Psi Phi Member’s Death



A Youngstown man has been found guilty in the shooting death of a Youngstown University student, according to The Associate Press.

Jamelle Jackson, 20, is the second suspect to be found guilty in the murder Jamail Johnson. Columbus Jones, 23, was convicted in Johnson’s slaying in February and sentenced to 92 years to life in prison.

The shooting occurred after a fight broke out during a Feb. 6, 2011 Superbowl party Johnson and his fraternity brothers were hosting.

Gunfire erupted outside an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity house party after partygoers began fighting. Jones allegedly began shooting after being hit in the head with a bottle during a scuffle.

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 will be sentenced this week.

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