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Man gets 25 years in prison for killing woman and her son during 2016 Akron robbery

Posted at 4:58 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 16:58:37-04

AKRON, Ohio — A man who was juvenile when he shot and killed a mother and son in Akron back in 2016 will spend the next two and a half decades behind bars.

Jaysaun Holley, 21, was 16 years old when he killed Christopher Freeman, 29, and Freeman’s mother, Sonia Freeman, 48, according to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.

The shooting happened on May 1, 2016. Authorities say that Holley and another man went to Christopher Freeman’s home, robbed and shot him. Holley then shot Freeman’s mother while he was running away from the scene, authorities said.

Holley pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of aggravated burglary as part of a plea agreement, according to the court. Part of the plea bargain is that Holley will spend 25 years in prison and will not be eligible for early release.

“Jaysaun Holley will have every day of his 25-year sentence to think about what he did. His actions led to an innocent mother and her son being shot to death,” said Summit County Sherri Bevan Walsh. “Sonia Freeman’s 9-year-old daughter was in the home at the time and had to call 911. I am committed to holding these criminals accountable and ending gun violence in our community.”

Holley’s alleged accomplice, Shaquille Anderson, is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 23 where it is expected he will plead guilty in connection with the double homicide, according to the prosecutor’s office. Anderson is currently serving a 21-year sentence on an unrelated crime.

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