23-year-old sentenced to 92 years for Superbowl Sunday fraternity party shootout that killed one and injured 11


By LAURA COX

PUBLISHED: 10:07 EST, 31 August 2012 UPDATED: 10:34 EST, 31 August 2012

 

A gunman who opened fire at an Ohio fraternity party during last year’s Superbowl Sunday will spend the rest of his life in jail. 

Columbus Jones Jr was on Thursday sentenced to 92 years in prison for the shooting which happened following a heated row at the Youngstown State chapter of the Omega Psi Phi.

One was killed and 11 injured in the hail of bullets fired by the 23-year-old as terrified partygoers stumbled through clouds of smoke and tried to flee the chaos.

Guilty: Columbus Jones Jr was sentenced to 92 years to life in prison for killing Jamail Johnson and injuring 11 others
Guilty: Columbus Jones Jr was sentenced to 92 years to life in prison for killing Jamail Johnson and injuring 11 others
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guilty:Columbus Jones Jr (left) was sentenced to 92 years to life in prison for killing Jamail Johnson (right) and injuring 11 others 

Among those hit in the February 6 gunfire were Jamail Johnson who was killed trying to usher others to safety. 

 

A jury of five men and seven women deliberated for two days, vindy.com reported, before finding Jones guilty of murder, 10 counts of felonious assault and shooting into a habitation.

Several others were charged in connection with the shooting, including Jones’ brother, Mark. They await trial.

 
Tragic: Student Jamail Johnson was shot in the head and legs at a fraternity house near to Youngstown University, Ohio

Tragic: Student Jamail Johnson was shot in the head and legs at a fraternity house near to Youngstown University, Ohio

 

 

Speaking at trial Jamail’s mother, Shirlene Hill, begged the judge for a lengthy jail term, describing her son’s death.

 

‘You had no right to take life you did not nor could not have given,’ she told her son’s killer.

‘Your senseless act has cost me countless sleepless nights. Columbus, you robbed me of a precious treasure that night.’

Grisly aftermath: Blood stains the street near the scene of the early morning shooting

Grisly aftermath: Blood stains the street near the scene of the early morning shooting

‘I can no longer hear his voice, or see his beautiful smile that would light up any room. That was all taken from me.’

 

Hill also criticised Jones’ family for their reaction to the sentence. 

‘My heart ached as I heard his mother call him “Boo”,’ she said. 

‘This pained me because I can no longer hear my son call his father Daddy or hear him call me Mommy,’ she said. 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2196321/Man-sentenced-92-years-Superbowl-Sunday-Shootout-killed-injured-11.html


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