SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The jury who convicted Kenan Ivery of murdering Akron Police Officer Justin Winebrenner has decided his fate.
The jury has recommended life in prison for 36-year-old Ivery without possibility of parole.
The jury was sequestered since about 3:30 p.m. Friday. The decision was read around 9 p.m.
Judge Alison McCarty will officially sentence Ivery on Nov. 3.
"I know how difficult this case has been for you. And so, my words can't adequately express how grateful that we all are for you taking on this burden that was basically thrust upon you. And I'm sure that when you received your jury assignments several weeks ago, you never dreamed that you would be put in the center of a case of such gravity and importance. So I want to thank you on behalf of the parties and the citizens of Summit County," said the judge, choking up at times.
Many Akron police officers filed into the courtroom to show their support.
Winebrenner's family said they had no reaction to the jury's decision.
Earlier Friday, Ivery apologized to Winebrenner's family, his family and asked jurors to spare his life. The convicted cop killer gave an unsworn statement, which means he was not cross-examined by the state.
"I know you all probably hate me, never forgive me. I understand that, but from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry. I apologize to my family for going through this with me. I know this affected many lives and I am sorry," Ivery told the courtroom.
To start day two of the sentencing phase, another defense witness, a doctor, stated he believed because of everything Ivery had experienced growing up, that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
After a one-hour break, closings arguments were given before the jury received the case.
That same 12-member jury found Ivery guilty in the shooting death of Akron police officer Justin Winebrenner. Ivery shot five people at Papa Don's Pub last November. Winebrenner was killed and another officer was among those injured.