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Joeviair Kennedy sentenced to up to 40 years in death of a Western Michigan student

Joeviair Kennedy, 21, will spend between 17 and 40 years in prison for his role in an altercation that ended the life of a Western Michigan University student. (WWMT/File)

He was convicted of armed robbery - and found not guilty of murder - but Joeviair Kennedy will spend between 17 and 40 years in prison for his role in an altercation that ended the life of a Western Michigan University student.

Kennedy, 21, was a former Western Michigan University basketball players. He was sentenced Monday to 17 1/2 to 40 years in prison on a convicted of armed robbery; and two years on a felony firearm charged, with credit for 584 days already served. He will served the felony firearm sentence first.

A Kalamazoo County jury found Kennedy guilt of those two charges in June. The same jury acquitted him on a murder charge.

Kennedy is one of two people charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Western Michigan student Jacob Jones.

Jordan Waire was convicted in May, of both murder and robbery. In June, he was sentenced to life in prison.

Waire and Kennedy were both involved in the Dec. 8, 2016, robbery attempt in which student Jones died.

Kennedy, the first suspect arrested after the shooting, was a WMU basketball player at the time. Kennedy and Waire were Facebook friends.


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