WAVERLY, OH (WCMH) — A former Pike County deputy was sentenced on Friday in the shooting death of his neighbor and friend.
In December 2015 then Deputy Joel Jenkins had been on and off suspension for a shooting that killed another man. Authorities said in this case he was showing his neighbor how to disarm an assailant both right and left handed.
It was at his East 7th Street home in Waverly, where former Deputy Joel Jenkins shot his neighbor Jason Brady, 40, in the head and killed him after Jenkins had been drinking beer and liquor and was attempting to show Brady how to take a gun away from an armed assailant, unfortunately Jenkins’ firearm was loaded.
Jenkins stood in the Pike County Courtroom and apologized to the Brady family for what happened.
“I just want to let the family know I am truly sorry! There was nothing involved that night, there was not any malice intended,” Jenkins said.
A victim’s advocate from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office read statements from Brady’s family.
“Full responsibility for Jason’ death lands on you. Because of you lack of judgment and irresponsibility a loving father, son, brother and uncle was taken from his family and has broken the hearts of all the family and friends who loved him.”
Shortly after Jenkins apologized to the Brady’s Judge Randy Deering sentenced him to three and a half years in prison. One year of mandatory time on a gun specification charge and 30 months on the reckless homicide charge, to run consecutively.
Jenkins told Brady’s family, “To me I just wish I could turn back the hands of time.”
His attorney Mark Collins claims Jenkins wasn’t drunk when he shot and killed Brady.
“Did he have alcohol in his system absolutely? Could it have affected him maybe, but the bottom line is Joel’s in law enforcement and shouldn’t have been doing what he was doing before making sure the gun was 100 percent clear and unloaded,” Collins said.
The prosecuting attorney from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Joel King said evidence showed Jenkins had consumed a lot of alcohol and medication. “On December 3rd, Joel Jenkins drank five or more beers, 14 or so ounces of alcohol and took a pill and decided that was the appropriate time to teach his friend how to disarm someone with a firearm,” King said. “In doing so he placed a loaded firearm against Jason Brady’s head killing him.”
King was appointed to the case because Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk had loaned Jenkins the pistol used in the killing.
In March of 2015 Jenkins was on duty when and one of several deputies involved in a lengthy vehicle chase, where Jenkins shot and killed Robert Rooker. He was tried and a jury found him not guilty for Rooker’s death.
After being sentenced on Friday, Jenkins was taken away by deputies, and was cuffed out of sight of cameras in the courtroom.
Jenkins can seek early release from prison after serving 18 months. Collins said the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has facilities to house former law enforcement officers.