ELYRIA — An Elyria man was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence for his involvement in a January shooting death.
Andre Jackson, 19, pleaded guilty to the charges during a court appearance last week just before he was sentenced by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge. He had originally faced murder charges in the case.
His sentence also covers three unrelated cases in which Jackson pleaded guilty to tampering with records, failure to register a change of address, receiving stolen property and failure to verify an address.
Jackson is one of two men accused of involvement with the Jan. 5 shooting death of Antonio Spraggins, who was found in his bullet-ridden Chevrolet Equinox, which was stuck in a snowdrift.
Spraggins was last seen alive playing pool at the T&A Bar before his body was discovered about 2:15 a.m. at the intersection of Foster and Lake avenues.
Jackson, Jordan Williams, who faces murder charges as the alleged gunman in the case, and Jeris Geiger were in the bar before the shooting, according to a search warrant in the case. Geiger initially was charged in the case, but wasn’t indicted.
Police have reported that the three men fled the area of the shooting in a red Geo Tracker, where officers later found a bullet casing that matched the cases from the shooting scene and 9 mm ammunition found at Williams’ home. The 9 mm semiautomatic pistol believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered from a Cleveland home, according to police.
Jackson and Geiger were arrested at a Maple Heights home a few days after the shooting, while Williams, who is scheduled to go on trial in May, was arrested in Elyria.