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Akron man sentenced to life in prison for murder of 2 people

Dylan Brown will be eligible for parole after serving 18 years of his sentence.
Credit: Summit County Prosecutor's Office

AKRON, Ohio — A 22-year-old Akron man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2020 murders of two people.

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Susan Baker Ross handed down the sentence to Dylan Brown, after he pled guilty to the charge of murder with a gun specification. Brown will be eligible for parole after serving 18 years of his sentence. 

On July 28, 2020, the Akron Fire Department was called to a house fire at 1097 Brown Street. Inside the home, firefighters found the bodies of 47-year-old Melinda Pointer and 34-year-old Justin Walker. 

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The Summit County Medical Examiner determined Pointer and Walker were shot to death, then the home was set on fire. Akron Police Department investigators eventually connected the deaths of Pointer and Walker to five people: 

  • Steven Hayes
  • Gia Hernandez
  • Robert Boyer
  • Dylan Brown
  • Kiannia Buckley.

Last month, Kianna Buckley pled guilty to a burglary charge in connection with the case. She also pled guilty to grand theft in connection with a separate incident, the theft of an SUV from a local auto dealer in July of 2020.

Judge Baker Ross sentenced Kiannia Buckley to three years community control and six months house arrest.

Meanwhile, Hayes is scheduled to go on trial for the murders of Pointer and Walker on June 21, 2022. Trial dates for Hernandez and Boyer are not yet scheduled.

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