Canton man sentenced to at least 72 years for murdering 1-year-old boy, injuring twin

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 8:06 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 9:28 AM EDT
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STARK COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - A Canton man convicted of murdering a 1-year-old boy in July of 2020 faced a Stark County judge for sentencing on Monday morning.

The judge delivered a prison sentence of 72 years to live for Trejuan Johnson, just days after a jury found him guilty for the deadly shooting of Ace Lucas.

“You have caused incomprehensible emotional anguish and pain for this family and taken one of the most precious assets of this society; a young child’s life,” the Stark County judge said. “You have forever left hole in the heart for all those who love Ace Lucas.”

The child’s family members delivered emotional statements during sentencing, but Johnson was advised by his attorney not to speak at his hearing.

Lucas and his twin brother, Arcel, were sleeping on the couch in their Canton home when they were hit by bullets Johnson fired into their home, investigators said.

Lucas was struck in the head and died from his injuries.

Ace was shot and killed while he slept inside his home in July 2020.
Ace was shot and killed while he slept inside his home in July 2020.

Arcel was hit in the leg and survived.

The father of the twins, Aaron Lucas, 29, was murdered on Aug. 8, the day before Johnson’s trial was first scheduled to begin. He was a key witnesses for the prosecution.

Canton police arrested Nichalous Harvey, 37, of Canton, for Aaron’s murder.

Nichalous Harvey
Nichalous Harvey(Source: Stark County Jail)

Harvey remains locked up in the Stark County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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