Man awaiting sentence in Ohio policeman’s slaying

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A man convicted of aggravated murder in the shooting of an off-duty Ohio policeman at a bar has apologized in court to the officer’s family and pleaded for his own life to be spared.

Jurors in Akron who convicted 36-year-old Kenan Ivery heard more testimony in the sentencing phase and must decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison. A judge will decide Ivery’s punishment but can’t sentence him to death without a unanimous jury recommendation.

Prosecutors say Ivery shot officer Justin Winebrenner and wounded four more people last November after returning to an Akron bar where he’d been kicked out earlier.

Ivery previously testified that he was scared and didn’t mean to shoot Winebrenner during a struggle. In court Friday, Ivery said he’s “not a monster.”

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