Prison for ex-WMU athlete in robbery linked to murder

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Western Michigan University basketball player will serve prison time for crimes linked to a 2016 murder.

Joeviair Kennedy was sentenced Monday to between 17 and 40 years in prison for armed robbery and two years for a weapons charge. He received credit for 584 days served.

Last month, a jury convicted Kennedy of the robbery and weapons charge, but acquitted him of felony murder in the death of 19-year-old WMU student Jacob Jones.

Jones was shot and killed in December 2016 at SoHo Apartments on S. Howard Street, west of WMU’s campus. Police said he was selling a small amount of marijuana at the time.

In May, Jordan Waire was convicted of felony murder, armed robbery and weapons charges in connection to Jones’ death. He was sentenced to life in prison last month.

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