AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Joy Malek Oldfield sentenced an Akron man to to life in prison for the murder of Dereke Alexander, 59.
Jerry Alford, 36, will be eligible for parole after 21 years.
Oldfield also sentenced Dexter Moore, 34, of Wildwood Ave., to five years for his role in the shooting.
“This was a senseless and evil act over a $60 dollar debt. Dereke Alexander was a beloved brother, father, and son. The family and community will feel the pain of his loss for a long time,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “Our community is safer as both Alford and Moore will spend a significant amount of time in prison.”
Alford and Moore followed Alexander into a convenience store, and confronted him as he left, according to the court records.
Alford then shot Alexander multiple times outside the store, records state.
Officials said Alexander later died at Cleveland Clinic Akron General.