Man gets life in Ohio football star's killing

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Akron man has been sentenced to life in prison in the killing of a former high school football star during a robbery last summer.

A Summit County Common Pleas Court judge handed down the sentence to 26-year-old Tony Deon Gray Jr. on Friday, even though he didn't pull the trigger.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1lwaxzz) that Gray could have avoided the life sentence had he not rejected a plea deal that would have guaranteed his release from prison in as few as 10 years.

Former Ellet High School football star Paris Wicks II was fatally shot behind a store in August when he tried to help a friend who was being robbed.

Prosecutors convinced jurors that Gray was complicit in the murder by helping the shooter get away.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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