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Murder victim’s mother: I will pray for killers

Published: Thu, June 21, 2012 @ 12:11 a.m.

Teens sentenced to 28 years to life in prison for Adkins murder in 2011


Irene Adkins, mother of murder victim Brandon Adkins, sits silently in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court as sentences are handed down to her son’s teen killers. In a prepared statement to the court, she said she offered prayers for the convicted boys and their families.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Irene Adkins, fighting back tears, said she will pray for the two teen boys who killed her son a little more than a year ago.

Less than 24 hours after being found guilty of aggravated murder, Deandre M. McCreary, 16, of West Woodland Avenue, and Rayshawn Royal, 17, of Cohasset Drive, learned that they will spend at least the next 28 years behind bars before they are first eligible for parole.

A jury convicted them Tuesday of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery with gun specifications in the June 18, 2011, fatal shooting of Brandon Adkins.

Irene Adkins said the situation is devastating for all three families.

“I truly believe that justice was served, but this wasn’t easy for any of us because there were all children involved,” she said at Wednesday’s sentencing hearing in the courtroom of Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Irene Adkins said she hopes the case will be a lesson to young people that nothing good can come from carrying and using firearms.

The attire of McCreary and Royal wore before Judge Sweeney was much different from their appearance during their weeklong trial.

Gone were the crisp, yet somewhat oversized, white shirts and neck ties that enhanced their boyish image. They were replaced by the orange jumpsuits handed out to virtually every convicted criminal in the justice system.

Royal and McCreary both made brief statements before sentencing, telling the court they accept the jury’s verdict and apologize for the heartache they caused to the Adkins family.

Robert Andrews, an assistant county prosecutor, asked the judge to send the teenagers to prison for life.

“The only thing I see in favor of the defendants would be their ages, but when you look at the facts ... there was no allegation that Brandon Adkins did anything to provoke this,” Andrews said, adding the crimes were committed in front of three people and the shooting done “in cold blood.”

Judge Sweeney handed down the sentence at 10:15 a.m. to a courtroom packed with members of the teens’ families and their friends.

Those in the courtroom began sobbing before the sentence was handed down. Those cries only got louder as the judge sentenced McCreary and Royal to 25 years to life on the murder charge and a concurrent 10 years on the aggravated robbery charge. They each will also have to serve an additional three years consecutive to the other charges for using a gun in committing the crime.

County deputies immediately arrested Royal’s mother, Yolanda Winlock, after the sentencing hearing. Winlock had an outstanding warrant out of Boardman Township for obstructing official business.

Defense lawyers Anthony Meranto and Jeffrey Limbian, representing the defendants, asked the court to consider their young ages.

They both said the boys still have a chance to be released from prison, if given a lighter sentence, and do some good in the world.

Police found Adkins, 16, of East Philadelphia Avenue, a Chaney High School student, lying in the driveway of a house in the 3100 block of South Avenue, shot in the back, abdomen and right forearm and surrounded by a large crowd. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case against McCreary and Royal weighed heavily on the testimony of three female teenagers who witnessed the shooting.

The witnesses said Royal and McCreary, wearing hooded sweatshirts, met Adkins in the South Avenue driveway, pulled out guns and demanded he empty his pockets. He said the two defendants gave Adkins five seconds to do so, then opened fire.

Limbian and Meranto said the police department performed a subpar investigation, and the witnesses were not reliable because two of the three witnesses have poor vision and at least one was smoking marijuana just before the shooting.


1kk80586(229 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Telegram-open carry is legal in Ohio. Concealed requires permit. Not all of us walk around like unarmed sheep. If you meant require to carry......I prefer to leave that as a little surprise for the perp.

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

"Defense lawyers Anthony Meranto and Jeffrey Limbian, representing the defendants, asked the court to consider their young ages."

Young ages? 17 and 16? They want to be such bad a@# wanna be gangstas carrying around guns, then there old enough to serve 28 years. You reap what you sow. Hope they are miserable in there new pad. Useless cockroaches. People need to stop feeling sorry for these pitiful animals. They have no respect for human life, why should they get any respect.

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36675409(37 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago


"Seven people are named in the six count indictment, including Irene Adkins"


Posted: Feb 06, 2012 4:29 AM EST
By Mona Alexander, News Director

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A federal judge has unsealed an indictment revealing details of an alleged cocaine distribution operation in Youngstown.

Seven people are named in the six count indictment, including Irene Adkins and Kevin Gipson, who investigators say arranged meetings at their Youngstown home to buy cocaine from Michole Cottle, John Bowers, Antonio Whitfield, Michael Pete and Courtney Cobb.

According to the indictment, a confidential source told federal investigators that nearly $6500 exchanged hands in five separate drug deals at the home and other locations on the city's south side.

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4BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago


Before your race baiting goes any further allow me to help you.

The mother of the victim is white, but her son is of mixed race and appeared to be black, therefore, your racist connotations do not apply.


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56675409(37 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Who cares about the racial makeup of the victim or his family? What concerns me is the fact that the victims mother is a distributor of drugs on the SouthSide. This fact no doubt made her son a target for drugs and or money.

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66675409(37 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Irene Adkins and Kevin Gipson are the parents of Brandon Adkins and verified by his obituary.


"He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving mother and her companion, Kevin Gipson"

June 27, 2011

Brandon A. Adkins
Youngstown teen enjoyed singing, dancing, life
Anonymous ----- The Sharon Herald Mon Jun 27, 2011, 09:00 PM EDT

---- — YOUNGSTOWN — Brandon Allen Adkins of Youngstown, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011. Although his life was suddenly taken last Saturday at the age of 16, this precious gift from God now has his set of angel wings.

Brandon was born Jan. 18, 1995, in Lynwood, Calif., a son of Irene Adkins.

He was a sophomore at Chaney High School, Youngstown.

Brandon enjoyed singing, dancing, watching movies and spending time with his friends and family. He loved to joke and laugh and dreamed of becoming a rapper. He loved life and tried to live it to the fullest.

He was a devoted son, brother and friend who will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving mother and her companion, Kevin Gipson; and his brother, Corey Adkins, all Youngstown; his aunts, Tina Confer, Robin Elhadly and Rhonda Keeley, all Farrell; his uncles, Terry Stokes, Indiana; and Thomas Stokes, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Janice Stokes; and his brother, Dominic Adkins.

Calling hours: Friends may call from noon to time of service Monday (6-27-11) one hour prior to services in Metro Assembly Church of God, South Avenue, Youngstown. Condolences may be sent to jewashton@aol.com or faxed to 330-782-2050.

Service: Funeral celebration of life service at 1 p.m. Monday in the church.

Arrangements by J.E. WASHINGTON FUNERAL SERVICES Inc., 2234 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown.

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