YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A man has been sentenced to 92 years to life in prison for a fraternity house shooting in Ohio last year that left one man dead and 11 others wounded.
Columbus Jones Jr., 23, was sentenced Thursday after
being convicted of murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of
Jamail Johnson, a senior at Youngstown State University, court officials
Prosecutors said Jones left a frat party at Youngstown
State University after an argument on Feb. 6, 2011, then came back with a
gun and started shooting, The Vindicator reported. Johnson, 25, was
killed while trying to usher a group of partygoers away from the gunfire
and out of harm's way, according to police.
A jury had earlier found Jones guilty of murder,
improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation and 10 counts
of felonious assault, according to the court clerk's office.
Johnson's mother, Shirlene Hill, and three other people
with connections to Johnson or other shooting victims, tearfully asked
the judge Thursday for a lengthy sentence for Jones.
In comments in court before the sentencing, Hill
criticized Jones for what she said was a lack of remorse or respect to
victims' families during the trial. She told Jones that "your senseless
act has cost me countless sleepless nights" and that he robbed her "of a
precious treasure that night."
Jones, on the advice of his attorney, Lou DeFabio, had no comment in court, the newspaper reported.
DeFabio said he and Jones were limited in what they
could say because the case will be appealed. The defense lawyer did say
there was no testimony that his client ever intended to hurt anyone at
the party, and he does not believe his client showed any disrespect to
the family of the victims during the trial.
DeFabio was out of his office Friday and could not be reached for comment.
Judge John Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court
said that "it was an act of God that more people were not killed that
night." Then he sentenced Jones to the consecutive sentences totaling 92
years to life.
Five others charged in connection with the shooting are awaiting trial.
Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died Thursday morning after he shot himself after an argument with his estranged wife at his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.
Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah
Carey — stepped outside his South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m.,
after a spat with his wife, Veronica, police sources said.
Suddenly, a gun shot was heard and Lighty was found lying faceup with a 9-mm. pistol next to his body, sources said.
Law enforcement sources said Lighty — whose wife filed for divorce last
year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing
about $5 million to the IRS.
Lighty, founder of Violator Management, merged with another talent
company to form Primary Violator around the time of his divorce.
Musicians began Tweeting about Lighty soon after news of his death spread.
“R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY THE MAN THAT SAVED MY LIFE!!!” Bronx rapper Fat Joe
posted on Twitter. “I Would Be Nothing Without YOU!!! My Kids
Appreciate YOU God Bless Chris Lighty.”