Plea made in ’15 shooting death
By Joe Gorman
A 19-year-old who was originally charged as a juvenile in a shooting death in 2015 pleaded guilty Thursday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to a charge of murder.
Judge Lou D’Apolito will sentence Braquan Walker of Palmer Avenue on May 18 after he pleaded guilty to murder with a firearm specification in the July 26, 2015, shooting death of Jarrell Brown, 18, at West Indianola Avenue and Market Street.
Walker faces a sentence of 18 years to life at sentencing; three years for the firearm specification and 15 to life for the murder.
Walker was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged as a juvenile, but the case was dismissed in March 2017 from the juvenile court because of a ruling made at the juvenile court level. That ruling concerned the statement of a co-defendant of Walker’s in the case.
The prosecutor’s office appealed the ruling, and it was reversed by the 7th District Court of Appeals, which ordered that Walker be bound over to common pleas court as an adult.
Police at the time said Brown was killed because of a crime he committed with Walker and his co-defendant.
According to court documents filed with the appellate court, detectives were able to trace the movements of Brown and Walker through video cameras on Market Street businesses to an alley near where Brown’s body was found. There detectives recovered 9 mm shell casings and cigar wrappers they traced back to a Market Street store where the teens were seen purchasing items on video.
Another video showed Brown running from the alley about the time police believe Brown was shot. Police arrived minutes later and found his body.
The disposition of the co-defendant in the case was not immediately available late Thursday afternoon.