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Man who drove back to scene of the crime sentenced to prison

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A 19-year-old man who returned to the scene of a fatal shooting in the dead man's stolen car will spend at least 30 years in prison.

Police said Jacky Robinson Jr. of Akron claimed two men promised him $10,000 in cash to kill Grover Jones, 47, as Jones sat in his apartment watching television last February. When Robinson ran outside, the men were gone.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. He was sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove to life in prison with parole eligibility after 30 years.

Robinson had previously pleaded innocent by reason of insanity, but a psychiatric analysis prompted the judge to find him competent to stand trial.

Needing a getaway car, Robinson went back inside Jones' apartment. He reached into the dead man's pocket and took the keys to his car, police said.

Robinson then picked up his girlfriend and drove around town, then returned to the scene of the crime as Akron police were investigating the shooting. A police officer spotted Robinson driving the victim's car, just around the corner from Jones' apartment.

Robinson was arrested and subsequently made a confession.

At his sentencing, Robinson said nothing about the crime.

"He did it for the money. He thought he'd earn thousands of dollars by doing it," said his attorney, George Pappas. "I think he's a little sad today. And he's anxious to end the case and start serving his sentence."

Robinson could only supply police with the street names of the men who supposedly approached him Feb. 23 with the offer to kill Jones to settle an old grudge over a drug deal.

Jones' family disputes that claim.

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