Tuesday, 24 April 2018 12:51

Teen Charged in Younger Brother's Death

A babysitter for two underage boys called 911 frantically asking for police at a home on Alden Drive in Streetsboro, saying that a young boy had been injured. 

Streetsboro Police responded to the home around 9:30 Monday night, and say an 11-year-old was taken to UH Ravenna Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back, and then later died. Shortly after responding, police arrested the victim's 13-year-old brother and charged him with aggravated murder, saying that the act was intentional. 

The names of the victim and the suspect have been released, but the 1590 WAKR Newsroom is not revealing those names as they are both minors. 

 Investigators say the older brother stole a handgun from his grandfather's home, adding that "at one time" the handgun was locked away and "secured." The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and in a press conference later Monday morning, Lt. Patricia Wayne with Streetsboro Police said that more charges are pending. 

Records indicate that police had been called to the home on Alden Drive multiple times in the past, including as recent at this past Thursday. 

Below are the two press releases from the Streetsboro Police Department. 

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First Release:  At 934pm this evening, Streetsboro Police and Streetsboro Fire Departments responded to Alden Dr for a report of a juvenile that had sustained a gunshot wound.  Paramedics began life saving efforts and transported the juvenile to UH Ravenna where the juvenile was pronounced dead.  A second juvenile is being questioned by investigators at this time.  We are not releasing names at this point due to the ages of those involved and pending notifications.  The cause of the gunshot would is still under investigation and more information will be released at a later time. 

 
Second Release:  The victim in this incident was an 11 year old male.  He was shot once by his 13 year old brother in what appears to be a premeditated act.  The 13 year old male has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Murder and was taken to the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center.  The weapon used was a handgun that the male stole from his grandfather's home. We are withholding the names of both juveniles at this time. 
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William Knight, 64, of Streetsboro was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted earlier this month in the shooting death of 24-year-old Keith Johnson of Akron. 

The following is a press release from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office: 

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tammy O’Brien sentenced William Knight, 64, of Lady Catherine Street in Streetsboro, to life in prison for killing 24-year-old Keith Johnson.

Knight will be eligible for parole after serving 18 years of his sentence.

On April 10, 2018, a Summit County jury found Knight guilty of the following charges:

  • Two Counts of Murder, each with a Gun Specification – both Special Felonies
  • Two Counts of Felonious Assault, each with a Gun Specification – felonies  of the 2nd degree

“Mr. Knight’s decision to fire his gun forever changed the lives of two families. Today, as Keith Johnson’s mother Laquita said, justice was served. I truly hope the Johnson family finds peace as they move forward,” said Prosecutor Walsh.

In the evening of March 20, 2017, William Knight shot and killed Keith Johnson. The shooting followed a dispute over a stolen dirt bike. Earlier that day, Knight’s son-in-law noticed his dirt bike, which had been stolen in February of 2016, was for sale on a social media site. Knight, his daughter and son-in-law went to Danmead Avenue in Akron to confront Keith Johnson and recover the dirt bike. When Johnson attempted to leave the area on the bike, the son-in law grabbed the dirt bike in an attempt to stop Johnson. Johnson was able to pull away from the son-in-law, but was subsequently shot in the head by Knight. The jury rejected arguments by William Knight’s attorney that Knight was acting in self-defense and defense of his family members.

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On Easter Sunday, Streetsboro Police received a call from the Gardens of Western Reserve Assisted Living at 9975 Greentree Parkway, that claimed an employee had stabbed another employee. The call cut off, but when officers responded, they found a 19-year-old female with severe cuts. 

Witnesses told police that the suspect, 19-year-old Emilie Brunswick of Ravenna, had fled the scene. The victim was transported to University Hospital Portage Medical Campus in Ravenna and police went to go look for Brunswick, who was later found at a relative's home in Aurora, with the help of the Portage County Sheriff's Department. She was placed under arrest for Felonious Assault. 

The victim, whose name wasn't released, was treated and released from the hospital two days after the incident, but police say she will require follow-up care. 

The report added that no patients nor residents of Gardens of Western Reserve were in danger at any time. 

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William Knight, 64, of Streetsboro was ruled mentally competent to stand trial in the case of the shooting death of Akron man over the online sale of a dirt bike. 

According to court documents, Knight responded to an online ad for a dirt bike for sale that he says was stolen from his son-in-law a few months before. In March, Knight agreed to meet Johnson at a home on Danmead Avenue in Akron to buy the dirt bike, reportedly for $4,000. When the two met, Knight confronted Johnson and the two argued. A physical altercation ensued, and Knight pulled a gun, which he has a permit for, and opened fire, allegedly as Johnson tried to drive off on the dirt bike. 

Knight called 911, saying that he had no choice but to shoot Johnson, claiming self defense. He was arrested shortly after the shooting, and charged with murder and felonious assault. He's currently being held on $50,000 bond.

Initially, Knight's attorney entered a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity plea, but withdrew that plea after Wednesday's evaluation. Knight is due back in court for another status hearing in November and will meet with another psychologist in October. 

Johnson's family claims the shooting was racially motivated. Knight's family protested after he was charged in the shooting.

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