19-year-old sentenced to death in Kent State student slaying

Damantae Graham, of Akron, was one of three teens charged in the Feb. 7 murder of 18-year-old Nick Massa

Damantae Graham was sentenced to death in the fatal shooting of Kent State student Nick Massa.

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) – A 19-year-old Ohio man has been sentenced to death for fatally shooting a Kent State University student during an off-campus home invasion.

Nicholas Massa, 18, was found dead inside a Kent apartment on Feb. 7. (Source: WOIO)
Nicholas Massa, 18, was found dead inside a Kent apartment on Feb. 7. (Source: WOIO)

Damantae Graham, of Akron, was one of three teens charged in the Feb. 7 murder of 18-year-old Nick Massa. A Portage County judge sentenced Graham to death on Tuesday after considering mitigating factors including his age, neglectful parents and an unstable home life.

Messages were left Thursday for Graham’s attorneys.

Police say Graham and two 17-year-old co-defendants broke into an apartment near Kent State’s campus and demanded money. Graham shot and killed Massa before the three fled.

Graham was convicted on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping on Nov. 8.

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