An Akron teen has been sentenced to prison for the 2021 fatal shooting of a North High School student


An Akron teen was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter and other charges related to the 2021 race. Death by shooting For a North High School student.

Jayvon Blocker, 19, was scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges Tuesday in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Instead, Blocker accepted a plea deal Monday afternoon, pleading guilty to manslaughter and aggravated robbery, both first-degree misdemeanors with a three-year weapon specification, and carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony. His original charges included first-degree murder and first-degree murder.

Judge Allison McCarty sentenced Blocker on Tuesday to 18 to 23 1/2 years in prison.

Blocker’s plea deal meant he avoided the potential life sentence that accompanies a murder conviction.

Filmed in December 2021

Blocker was charged in the December 28, 2021 shooting death of Kanyae Lamb.

Kani Lamb

Kani Lamb

The shooting happened around 8:15 p.m. in the 700 block of Elma Street.

Officers found the teen outside with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was taken to a local hospital where he died around 8:45 p.m

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Blocker was charged with aggravated murder, two counts of murder, aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon. The murder and robbery charges included weapon specifications that carried an additional prison sentence.

Blocker is represented by attorneys John Griffin and David Lowery.

Lamb was a multi-sport athlete

Lamb was a multi-sport athlete and was heading into his senior year at North High School. Principal Kim Sabetta said he was a member of the football team at the time of his death.

“It’s just a tragic loss for the North Hill community,” Sabetta said after the shooting. “My heart goes out to Kanye’s family and friends.”

After shooting, Rival coaches from Akron Public Schools came together to condemn the losses their teams face off the field due to gun violence. Lamb was one of four young men with sports ties in Akron who were shot and killed in recent months.

North coach Sunil Haslam

North coach Sunil Haslam

“When something like this happens, your perspective on what’s important changes,” Northern football coach Sunil Haslam said at the time.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com330-996-3705 and on Twitter: @swarsmithabj.

This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon: Jayvon Blocker sentenced for shooting Akron teen

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