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Man convicted in murder of grandson of former Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson sentenced to life in prison; possibility of parole in 33 years

Robert Shepard, 30, was found guilty on Oct. 31 of multiple charges in the case.

CLEVELAND — The suspect convicted in the murder of Frank Q. Jackson, the grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 33 years on Tuesday.

Robert Shepard, 30, was found guilty on Oct. 31 of the following: one count of aggravated murder, one count of murder and two counts of felonious assault.

Shepard was sentenced by Judge Deena Calabrese, who noted his extensive criminal record, as well as multiple diagnoses of personality disorders in making his sentence. 

Cleveland police say on Sept. 19, 2021, Jackson, 24, was dropped off by a third party near Sidaway Avenue and East 70th Street.

According to investigators, that's when Shephard lured Jackson to an area where he was shot by another unidentified individual. Both Shepard and the other person took off after the shooting. Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shepard was arrested on Oct. 27, 2021, near the intersection of East 46th and Central in Cleveland with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service. 

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According to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Shepard has an arrest record dating back to at least 2010, with prior guilty pleas for assault, attempted aggravated burglary, carrying a concealed, weapon, drug possession, and attempted failure to comply with an officer. He was also charged in both 2013 and 2017 on multiple counts of felonious assault (among other things), but was acquitted both times.

Editor's Note: The following video is from a previous report.


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