Akron man sentenced to 35 years to life in prison for quadruple murder


Deshanon Haywood (Photo courtesy: Summit County Sheriff’s Office)

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AKRON, Ohio – Deshanon Haywood was sentenced to 35 years to life in prison on Friday. He was convicted of murdering four people in April 2013 in an Akron townhome.

Haywood will be eligible for parole in 2050. Jurors could have recommended a death sentence.

The same jury convicted Haywood of four counts of aggravated murder June 19.

It was his second trial. Convictions from last fall were vacated because of concerns about prosecutorial misconduct. Cuyahoga  County prosecutors took over the case.

A second defendant, 23-year-old Derrick Brantley, was sentenced to life in prison last summer for the drug-related slayings. Haywood testified at his latest trial that Brantley shot two men and two women ranging in age from 19 to 24 in the basement of the townhome.

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