Gunman gets 9 decades for Ohio frat house murder

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a gunman to 90 years to life in prison in a fraternity house shooting that left one dead and 11 others wounded.

The judge imposed the sentence Thursday on 20-year-old Jamelle Jackson of Youngstown on his convictions for murder, felonious assault and firing a gun into a house.

Jackson's attorney says his client plans to appeal the conviction.

A co-defendant was sentenced Thursday to 10 years on involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault charges. Another co-defendant was sentenced earlier to 92 years to life in prison for murder.

The Feb. 6, 2011, shooting near Youngstown State University killed 25-year-old student Jamail Johnson. The senior was killed while trying to usher a group of partygoers away from the gunfire and out of harm's way, according to police.

According to The (Youngstown) Vindicator, the victim's mother told the judge she often wishes the ordeal was a dream.

"The reality is I will never wake up and have my son," Shirlene Hill said. "I miss his smile. He had a beautiful smile ... He was a very special rock in my life. I can no longer see his smile or see his face."

Hill said Jackson's family has comforted her and she realizes that family also is in pain.

"It hurts me so much to see two families in so much pain. We should not be here. None of us should be here today," she said. "Your senseless act has cost me many sleepless nights and gut-wrenching pain, the kind that never stops and never goes away."

Jackson's only comment before sentencing was to deny any part in the crime. "I never one time fired a gun into that house, never one time even aimed a gun at that house," he said.

Shavai Owens, who was shot in the head, said people see her now and think she has completely healed, but she said the shooting has left both physical and emotional scars.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com