AKRON -- Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh confirmed that Judge Alison McCarty sentenced Bryan Giles, 20, of Akron, to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving 62 ½ years in prison, when Giles will be 81.
On Jan. 28, a jury found Giles guilty of aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.
On Feb. 5, 2013, Giles climbed through a window of the home of his cousins and shot them both in the head. Jarrell Cunningham, 27, died immediately. Terrell Patterson, 21, survived two gunshot wounds.
"This was a very sad case. Bryan Giles ripped apart an extended family who cared for him and treated him like their own from the time he was five," said Walsh. "This was a tough case for the jury to consider, particularly when it came to mitigation, and I thank them for their thoughtful consideration."
The jury recommended Giles be sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 30 years, following a day-long mitigation hearing on March 11.