3 involved in 2017 Columbus murder have been sentenced

Published: May. 18, 2018 at 11:28 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2018 at 5:40 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Three people have been sentenced after being involved in the April 2017 killing of 21-year-old Jakorbin King.

Jylonda Jones, 24, was given a lesser sentencing for guilty plea and cooperation during the trial since she testified for prosecutors. She was sentenced to two years to serve in prison and two years of probation. She was also banishment from six counties in the area.

Marquavious Howard was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Samuel Jones, the brother of Jylonda, was given six months to get a necessary eye surgery. But he was sentenced to 15 years with five to serve for his involvement with fatal home invasion. He was also banishment from 6 counties in the area.

Jylonda and her brother apologizing to the victim's family and court before the sentencing.

"I want the King Family to know that it is deep remorse in all of our hearts for what happened. I just really want that to be known," said Samuel Jones while in the courtroom.

"We never came down for Jakorbin's life to be taken away, it was just so I could get my brother's belongings back," said Jones.

An emotional time in the courtroom as victim's family and friends shared impact statements, describing the victim Jakorbin, as full of laughter.

"The family and friends of Jakorbin King will never share with him his wedding, his children, conversations, laughs, challenges that were forever silenced in his death," said Aunt of the victim, Mary Russell.

King was shot four times, including once in the forehead.

Tyler Teal is the fourth defendant and will be sentenced at a later date.

A fifth suspect, 17-year-old Tramal Williams, was also charged in the death. Williams testified during the trial but has yet to enter a plea in the case.

King died after being shot inside his Hamilton Rd. apartment.

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