CLEVELAND -- Scott Campbell, the Cleveland man who killed a friend last August when the friend tried to prevent Campbell from driving drunk, has been sentenced to at least 26 years in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said.
Campbell, 41, could spend up to life in prison under the sentence imposed by Common Pleas Court Judge Michael E. Jackson.
On Aug. 9, 2013, Java Bowling III tried to take away the car keys from a highly intoxicated Campbell outside Bowling's Roanoke Avenue home.
Campbell fatally shot Bowling, 43, and fled the scene. Police arrested him a few hours later in Middleburg Heights.
Campbell entered a plea of guilty on Jan. 14 to one count each of murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, assault of a peace officer and having a weapon under disability.
"Java Bowling was a father, a son, a brother and friend,'' said Assistant County Prosecutor Brian Radigan, who prosecuted this case for the State of Ohio.
"And he lost his life trying to protect the life of a friend."