Man sentenced to life in prison for Akron quadruple homicide

Man sentenced to life in prison for Akron quadruple homicide

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Deshanon Haywood may spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2013 murders of four people in an Akron townhouse, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced.

On June 19, a Summit County jury convicted 23-year-old Haywood in the slaying of 24-year-old Ronald Roberts, 23-year-old Kem Delaney, 19-year-old Maria Nash and 19-year-old Kiana Welch at a Chapel Hill area apartment complex. The group was taken to a basement laundry room and killed execution-style on April 18, 2013.

On Friday, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Gallagher sentenced Haywood to life in prison with first eligibility for parole in 35 years.

Haywood had been found guilty of the murders at trial in 2014, but that verdict was set aside.

For his retrial this year, a team from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, which included assistant county prosecutors Mahmoud Awadallah, Brian Radigan and Eric Foster, was appointed to represent the state of Ohio.

Haywood's accomplice in the killings, Derrick Brantley, was convicted at a separate trial and already had been sentenced to life in prison.

Evidence showed that Haywood and Brantley planned to rob Roberts of a large amount of heroin. Prosecutors argued that they then killed the victims to cover up their crime.

"Deshanon Haywood and Derrick Brantley murdered four people in cold blood, including two teenagers who wandered into the wrong place at exactly the wrong time, simply to cover up their greed," said Awadallah. "We've seen no remorse from Haywood, and now he will have decades to ponder his murderous crimes."

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