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Akron man found guilty on all counts in connection to deadly shooting in April 2018

Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 05, 2019

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man was found guilty on all counts in connection to a deadly shooting in April 2018, according to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.

Demarcus Shealy, 27, was involved in an altercation with Jason Bradford in April of 2018 at an Akron apartment. Shealy left the apartment and called his cousin, Lavon Rankin, to come over, authorities said.

Rankin and Shealy called Bradley outside of the apartment. When Bradley came out, Shealy hit him with a brick and Rankin eventually shot and killed him, according to authorities.

In December of 2018, Rankin, 24, was charged and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Shealy had entered a guilty plea to charges of voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and obstructing justice in December of 2018, but withdrew that plea in January.

Shealy was found guilty by a Summit County jury on the following charges, all of which are felonies:

  • Murder with a gun specification
  • Two counts of felonious assault with gun specifications
  • Two counts of felonious assault
  • Obstructing justice

Shealy is scheduled for sentencing on April 10.