American justice system disgusts as 2 to be sentenced under plea deal for murder

Two people will be sentenced under a plea deal in the fatal shooting of Iron  Jailen Cannon, 27.

Under a plea deal, charges are dropped against a suspect. A murder suspect can also be punished on a lesser charge if he accepts a plea deal. I find such deals disgusting, when I come across them being a legal news writer.

Justin Hornbeck, 29, of Green, was initially originally charged with Cannon’s  murder, but he  entered a plea of guilty to involuntary manslaughter  in court on Monday afternoon.

Cannon disappeared from Wadsworth in October 2020. Wadsworth police say evidence points to a homicide and an elaborate cover-up

Iron Cannon

Police say Cannon was murdered  in the early morning hours of Oct. 18 at an apartment on the north end of Wadsworth.

Wadsworth Police Chief Dan Chafin said Hornbeck is believed to have shot and killed Cannon at a Wadsworth apartment rented by Tyrone Render.

Cannon was then buried in a grave in Summit County before being moved to Lake Milton in Mahoning County. Cannon’s remains weren’t found until Sept. 12, nearly a year after he was killed.

Police said there was an elaborate coverup after the killing.

In May, seven people were detained, and an eighth person was apprehended in September. Cannon’s remains were discovered in Lake Milton in September.

Prosecutors stated in court that as part of the plea deal, Hornbeck gave information regarding the killing and the location of Cannon’s remains. Hornbeck’s murder allegation was lowered to involuntary manslaughter, but all other charges remained.

Hornbeck was also accused of tampering with evidence, possessing weapons when disabled, obstructing justice, gross abuse of a body, and participating in a pattern of corrupt behaviour. He entered a guilty plea to all charges.He can be called as a witness in a later case because he contributed information in the case.

In May, seven people were detained, and an eighth person was apprehended in September. Cannon’s remains were discovered in Lake Milton in September.

Prosecutors stated in court that as part of the plea deal, Hornbeck gave information regarding the killing and the location of Cannon’s remains.

Hornbeck’s murder allegation was lowered to involuntary manslaughter, but all other charges remained.

Hornbeck was also accused of tampering with evidence, possessing weapons when disabled, obstructing justice, gross abuse of a body, and participating in a pattern of corrupt behaviour. He entered a guilty plea to all charges.

He can be called as a witness in a later case because he contributed information in the case.

Six other suspects have been charged and are awaiting trial.

Tyrone Render, 28, of Wooster, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence with a firearm specification, obstructing justice, having weapons under disability, gross abuse of a corpse and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Marcus Y. Clark, 55, and Christopher J. Williams, 33, both of Akron, were arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, gross abuse of a corpse and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Samantha P. McCune, 28, of Green, was arrested and charged with obstructing justice. She was scheduled to appear in court Monday, but her case was continued.

Walter Render, 29, of Mentor, was arrested and is charged with gross abuse of a corpse, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

Antonio W. Moore, 39, of Akron, was arrested and charged with obstructing justice.

Autumn Knight, 28, who was also charged in the case entered a plea of guilty to charges against her on Monday.

The 28-year-old entered the plea to tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and gross abuse of a corpse. Knight was initially charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, but instead entered a plea of guilty to attempt to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, which is a fifth-degree felony instead of a third-degree felony.

Prosecutors asked the judge to give Knight a 36 months prison term when she and Hornbeck would be sentenced on Dec. 20.

4 thoughts on “American justice system disgusts as 2 to be sentenced under plea deal for murder

  1. I am not sure that I agree that a murderer pleads guilty, they should drop the charges so low that he could jump over them with a jump rope. Killing someone should carry a long prison sentence. That said, I think our prisons should not be For-profit prisons and the emphasis should be on rehabilitation, rather than punishment.

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