AKRON, OH (WOIO) - When faced between a life sentence and the death penalty, the same Summit County jury that convicted 36-year-old Kenan Ivery of murder chose life without parole for him and Judge Alison McCarty agreed.
McCarty also sentenced Ivery to an additional 65 years in prison on the other counts, to be served consecutively with the life sentence.
"Justice was served today for Justin and the others injured last November. I am thankful that Kenan Ivery will never get out of prison," said Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. "Justin Winebrenner saved the lives of many people that night by confronting Kenan Ivery. The selfish acts of Kenan Ivery changed the lives of many people, and he will pay for what he did."
Ivery was found guilty of killing Officer Justin Winebrenner earlier this month. Last November, Ivery was thrown out of Papa Don's Pub in Akron and returned with a gun. Ivery got into an altercation and shot five people, including Winebrenner, who was trying to intervene. Winebrenner was the only person killed.
"You stole our future!" yelled Tiffany Miller, Justin Winebrenner's fiancee, while giving her victim impact statement at sentencing.
"We went from planning a wedding [Justin's] to planning a funeral," said Rob Winebrenner, Justin's father. "He was my son, my buddy, my right-hand man."
Listen to Justin's father's statement in the video player above.
"Your Honor, I ask that every Nov. 16 for as long as Kenan Ivery lives, that he be put in solitary confinement," said Sgt. Daniel Engelhart.
"What kind of monster could do this to her daddy?" asked Alyse Shanafelt, who had a daughter with Justin Winebrenner.
"You will die in prison. I am sentencing you to life without parole, plus 65 years," said Judge Alison McCarty.
Ivery was found guilty on the following charges:
- Aggravated murder – a special felony with a death penalty specification and two firearm specifications.
- Two Counts of Murder - special felonies with firearm specifications.
- Two Counts of Felonious Assault – felonies of the first degree with firearm specifications.
- Two Counts of Attempted murder – felonies of the first degree with firearm specifications.
- Four Counts of Felonious Assault – felonies of the second degree with firearm specifications.
- Having a Weapon Under Disability – a felony of the third degree.
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon – a felony of the fourth degree.
- Illegal Possession of a Firearm in a Liquor Permit Premises – a felony of the third degree.