Life in prison for 18-year-old convicted of killing man on Akron METRO Bus

Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 7:39 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2022 at 3:34 PM EST
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - An 18-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday in Summit County Court of Common Pleas after being convicted of a May 2021 murder on an Akron METRO bus at the transit center in downtown Akron.

Kavon Jackson, who was 17 at the time of the fatal shooting, is eligible for parole after serving 18 years.

Kavon Jackson was 17 at the time of the fatal shooting.
Kavon Jackson was 17 at the time of the fatal shooting.((Source: Summit County Prosector))

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said Jackson shot William Howell a total of ten times after an altercation.

Howell, 21, died from his injuries at a local hospital.

“I wish I could bring my brother back but I can’t,” said Deja Parker, Howell’s sister. “We lost two young Black men the day you pulled that trigger.”

Howell’s family spoke before the judge handed down Jackson’s sentence.

“I hope you take this time... not as a sentence, but as rehabilitation,” said Parker. “I hope that you find God and ask for forgiveness.”

Jackson offered up an apology to Howell’s family saying he didn’t look for trouble that day.

”I ain’t mean to take his life... I over did it, I did. I’m sorry for that,” said Jackson.