Man convicted of killing Akron officer sentenced to life in prison without parole

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AKRON, Ohio -- The man convicted of shooting and killing off-duty Akron Officer Justin Winebrenner was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

"You will die in prison," Judge Alison McCarty told Kenan Ivery Wednesday morning. "You wrecked havoc and chaos when you marched back into that bar believing you were disrespected."

The surviving victims and Winebrenner's family delivered statements in court during sentencing.

"We are a proud family, as his father I can stand here today and say I raised him right," said Justin's father, Rob Winebrenner. "Justin grew up watching me. I could tell from an early age he wanted to follow in my footsteps and be a police officer."

"Please don't think for a second that we are not sad.  We think of Justin every second, every minute, every hour every day."

On Friday, a jury found Ivery, 36, guilty of aggravated murder and other assault charges for the shooting at Papa Don's Pub last November. Four others were injured.

"They each had a brush with death that night. They survived. One did not," McCarty said. "Justin laid down his life for his friends."

The aggravated murder charge gave the jury the option of recommending the death penalty, but instead they recommended life in prison without parole.

Throughout the trial and even after the guilty verdict came down, Ivery stood by his statement that he shot Winebrenner in self-defense. During sentencing hearings last week, Ivery did apologize.

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