Muskegon resident Jordan Waire sentenced to life in prison in WMU student's death


    Jordan Waire, left, and Joeviair Kennedy, right, were both charged with murder in the killing of Western Michigan University student Jacob Jones. (WWMT/File)

    Jordan Waire, convicted in May of murder and armed robbery of a Western Michigan University student, was sentenced Monday, June 25, 2018, to life in prison without parole.

    The life sentence was on the murder charge in the killing of Jacob Jones on Dec. 8, 2016.

    Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Paul Bridenstine also sentences Waire to 30 to 50 years in prison for armed robbery; six to 10 years for felon in possession of a firearm; and 557 days each on three counts of felony firearms.

    Waire, of Muskegon, was found guilty on all o those charges by a Kalamazoo County jury in May. He was one of two people arrested following Jones' death.

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

    Kennedy was convicted of armed robbery June 14, 2018. The deliberated for two days before returning the verdict, which included a not guilty decision on a murder charge.

    Kennedy is scheduled to be sentenced July 16.


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