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Bonds reduced for 3 men indicted on lesser charges in Akron teen Ethan Liming's death

Posted at 11:50 AM, Aug 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-04 11:50:25-04

AKRON, Ohio — The three Akron men indicted last week on lesser charges in connection with the death of 17-year-old Ethan Liming were arraigned on those charges Thursday and given significantly reduced bonds.

On July 27, a Summit County grand jury indicted the three men on the following charges in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas:

  • Deshawn Stafford, age 20: Two counts of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, and assault.
  • Tyler Stafford, age 19: Involuntary manslaughter and assault.
  • Donovon Jones, age 21: Two counts of assault.

The three men were originally arraigned on murder and felonious assault charges in June and were each held on a $1 million bond.

RELATED: 3 arrested in connection with beating death of Ethan Liming held on $1 million bond each

On Thursday, Deshawn Stafford’s bond was lowered to $25,000, with 10% due. Tyler Stafford’s bond was reduced to $5,000, with 10% due. GPS monitoring and no contact with the victim’s family will be ordered for both men if a bond is posted. Jones’s bond was also lowered to $5,000.

F-1 involuntary manslaughter, which Deshawn Stafford faces, carries a potential prison sentence of 3 to 11 years. F-3 involuntary manslaughter, which both Stafford bothers face, carries a potential prison sentence of 9 months to 3 years.

The assault charges against Jones are misdemeanors.

The arrests came after Ethan, a rising senior and football and baseball player at the Firestone school in Akron was found beaten to death near the basketball courts of the I PROMISE School on Thursday, June 2.

According to investigators, Ethan was with a group of friends and at least one of them fired a toy gun— a SplatRBall Water Bead Blaster— around 10:45 p.m. at the men who were playing basketball on the courts.

Detectives said that led to a fight, and Ethan was repeatedly punched and kicked. He died at the scene.

RELATED: 3 men arrested for Akron teen Ethan Liming's death indicted on lesser charges

Watch our report from last week when we learned about the lesser charges:

3 men arrested for Akron teen Ethan Liming's death indicted on lesser charges

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