Phillip Pope of Akron admits to shooting murder of Will Lamon; sentenced to life in prison

AKRON, Ohio - The man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Akron admitted to the crime and learned his fate Tuesday.

According to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, 24-year-old Phillip Pope of Akron pleaded guilty to murder and the judge immediately sentenced him to life in prison.

Walsh said that on Nov. 28, Pope jumped out of the bushes and started firing shots at the driver's side door of a car on Buckingham Street. The driver, 21-year-old Will Lamon, was struck. He was taken the hospital where he later died.

Lamon's girlfriend, who was riding as a passenger, recognized Pope as the shooter, Walsh said. She said Pope was her ex-boyfriend.

Pope's friend, Christopher Byrd also faced charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing official business in the case. Walsh said he was caught trying to dispose of the gun Pope used in the murder.

Pope will be up for parole in 2031.

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