Joseph E. Thornton will spend at least 18 years in prison before he is eligible for parole in the shooting death of his nephew on Christmas Day 2013.
Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow sentenced the 49-year-old Windham Township man to life with the possibility of parole at a hearing this morning. Thornton was convicted by a jury of murder with a firearms specification and tampering with evidence in the death of Jason R. Canan, 39, in a trial that ended July 17.
The Portage County Prosecutor’s Office asked Enlow to sentence Thornton to life in prison with parole after 21 years in prison.
Thornton made no statement in court Thursday.
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