23-year-old sentenced to 92 years in shooting that killed Omega Frater Jamail Johnson.
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.
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.
Speaking at trial Jamail’s mother, Shirlene Hill, begged the judge for a lengthy jail term, describing her son’s death.
‘Your senseless act has cost me countless sleepless nights. Columbus, you robbed me of a precious treasure that night.’
‘I can no longer hear his voice, or see his beautiful smile that would light up any room. That was all taken from me.’
‘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.