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Akron: Two men sentenced to prison for 2019 fatal shooting

Jimmy Foster and Martino Livingston were sentenced for a 2019 shooting that left one dead.
Credit: City of Akron

AKRON, Ohio — Two Akron men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a 2019 shooting that left one dead and three others injured, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced on Tuesday.

The sentencings were handed out by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Joy Malek Oldfield, who sentenced 28-year-old Jimmy Foster to 7-10 years in prison after prosecutors requested a maximum sentence of 14 to 19.5 years. Earlier this year, Foster pled guilty to the following charges:

  • Aggravated Burglary with a Gun Specification – a Felony of the 1st Degree
  • Obstructing Justice – a Felony of the 3rd Degree

Meanwhile, 35-year-old Martino Livingston was sentenced to five to 7.5 years in prison after prosecutors requested 10-15.5 years. Earlier this year, Livingston, pled guilty to:

  • Complicity to Robbery – a Felony of the 2nd Degree
  • Obstructing Justice – a Felony of the 3rd Degree

The sentencings come as the result of a shooting that took place on June 26, 2019. According to police, Foster and Livingston accompanied Marquis Felder, Lavontae Poole and Zaveon Carter to a home on Rowe Street in Akron with the intent of robbing the occupants and stealing marijuana.

Poole, Felder and Carter proceeded to enter the home and began shooting as Foster and Livingston waited outside. Brandon Varner, 34, was shot eight times and died, while 39-year-old Terica Poole (no relation to Lavontae) was shot in the leg and survived. Marquis Locket, 24, survived after being shot eight times and a 12-year-old boy was also shot and survived.

Poole, Felder and Carter are currently serving life sentences for their roles in the shooting.

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