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21-year-old sentenced to 25 years in shooting death of mother, son in Akron

Holley was just 16 years old at the time of the crime.
Credit: Summit County Prosecutor

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the shooting deaths of a mother and son, four years ago. 

Jaysaun Holley, 21, was sentenced in Summit County Common Pleas Court for his roll in the fatal shooting of two people in May of 2016.

On May 1, 2016, Holley and Shaquille Anderson, 26, robbed 29-year-old Christopher Freeman before fatally shooting him at his Akron home. While fleeing the scene, Anderson fatally shot Freeman's 48-year-old mother, Sonia. 

Holley, just a month shy of 17 years old at the time of crime was deemed " not amendable to rehabilitation" in juvenile court and his case was turned over to Summit County Common Pleas Court. 

In August, Holley plead guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter with firearm specifications and aggravated burglary with a firearm specification. 

As part of his plea deal, Jaysaun must serve his entire 25-year sentence and is not eligible for early release. 

“Jaysaun Holley will have every day of his 25 year sentence to think about what he did. His actions led to an innocent mother and her son being shot to death,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “Sonia Freeman’s 9-year-old daughter was in the home at the time and had to call 9-1-1. I am committed to holding these criminals accountable and ending gun violence in our community.”

Holley co-defendant Anderson is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence for an unrelated crime. He is expected to plead guilty for his role in the Freeman muders on October 23.