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3 sentenced in off-campus shootings that killed YSU student and injured 11 others


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – It was an extremely emotional day in court as three men were sentenced in the February 2011 off-campus mass shooting that killed Youngstown State University student Jamail Johnson and injured 11 others.

Lynn Johnson, the aunt of the murder victim, couldn't hold back her emotions as she addressed convicted killer Jamelle Jackson and two others who pled guilty to lesser crimes for their role in the violence.

"You're ok with wallowing in ignorance and carrying guns and not being a man. If you have no remorse for what you've done to his mother, his father, your parents and you walk out of this courtroom in silence, then you're attorneys are right, you're a boy, you're a boy," Johnson said.

Johnson cried as she told the three men, "We're too proud to talk about what we should be ashamed of, black people killing other black people."

For the victims of the off-campus shooting, it's a painful reality about the damaging and lasting impact of gun violence, and black-on-black crime in Youngstown.

YSU senior Jamail Johnson was killed shielding others from the gunfire, and as the three men faced Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge John Durkin for their punishment, the murder victim's mother said they've sentenced her to a life without her son.

"You have caused me, Shirlene Lynn Hill, Jamail Johnson's mother, gut wrenching pain and unrelenting heatache. The kind that never stops, never ends, never, ever goes away."

Shavai Owens was one of 11 people injured during the early morning hours of February 6th.

Owens was shot in the face and forced to endure extensive surgery. Owens told the court that physically she may seem ok, but she said, "You wouldn't know that my family had to cover our mirrors so I wouldn't look at myself."

Now, Owens wants shooter Jamelle Jackson to pay for the violence that has forever changed lives.

Owens said, "We all have a choice. He had a choice that night and he chose to take away mine."

But Jackson appeared unphased and took no responsibility for the crimes, saying, "I never once fired a gun into that house. I never once did."

However, Mark Jones, sentenced for handing a gun to his brother prior to the shooting, apologized to the victims. He pled guilty and will spend 10 years in prison. His brother, Columbus Jones, Jr., one of the convicted shooters was sentenced weeks ago to 92 years in prison.

"I'm sorry for what happened the night of the party. I want to give my condolences to the family, and I want to apologize," Mark Jones said.

According to prosecutors, Demetrius Wright, who accepted responsibility for being instrumental in getting rid of the murder weapons, provided valuable information in the case.

Wright escaped a jail sentence and is sentenced to three years of community control, or what some refer to as probation as part of a plea deal.

But Wright says that while he's sorry for what happened, verbal attacks made by the victim's aunt against his parents and others in court are untrue and uncalled for.

But the victims say what's truly uncalled for is gun violence that's destroyed lives on both sides of this case.

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