Posted: 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013

Second man sentenced for Hamilton homicide

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By Lauren Pack

Staff Writer

HAMILTON —

The second of three men charged in the shooting death of Steven Denmark Jr., of Hamilton, received the maximum prison sentence today for his part in the 2009 homicide.

Jayson Brown, 29, of Maple Avenue in Hamilton, who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, received 13 years behind bars from Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater. He faced 18 years to life if convicted of murder with a gun specification.

Defense attorney David Washington said Brown has “never made excuses” for his part in the robbery and shooting of Denmark, but he did not actually shoot Denmark.

Brown did not speak during the sentencing, which was not lost on Denmark’s family.

Steven Denmark Sr., said Brown showed no remorse for his part in his son’s death.

“He is a Hamiltonian and for him to do this to another Hamiltonian is just reprehensible,” Denmark said.

Earlier this month, Cory White, who also took a plea deal admitting to involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced by Judge Keith Spaeth to the maximum of 13 years in prison.

White gave a tearful apology to Denmark’s family at his plea hearing and again offered an apology before sentencing.

He told the judge that he did have a gun the night of Dec. 14, 2009, when he and several others drove from Cincinnati to Hamilton, but he left it in the car before crawling in the window of Denmark’s house.

White said he believed the house would be empty and told the others when he opened the door for them that there was someone in the house.

But Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said evidence showed White went into the house with the gun and was one of two men who fired shots.

White denied firing any shots.

A third man, Terry P. Wardlow Jr. of Cincinnati, is facing murder and robbery charges. His trial is set for November. Wardlow is currently serving a 12-year prison term for attempted murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and having weapons under disability for crimes committed in Hamilton County, according to court records.

 
 

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