His death was caught on camera, and on Wednesday the video of Javon Jackson's shooting death was played in court. The 23-year-old was gunned down just hours after graduating from the University at Buffalo with an engineering degree last spring. Buffalo police surveillance cameras recorded the crime last Mother's Day morning near Main Street and Lisbon Avenue. The recording is not being made public but the judge and attorneys watched it in court and Javon Jackson's family viewed it after the court proceedings.
Eyewitness News talked with Jackson's mother, Theresa Williams, who traveled from her home in the Bronx to see the suspects sentenced. Even though two men are now behind bars in connection with the crime, Williams does not feel that justice has been served. No one has been convicted of murdering Jackson. Damario Cordelius, 21, took a manslaughter plea and was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison. A second suspect, Christian Klenke, 19, was sentenced on Wednesday to four years on a weapons charge after the judge watched the surveillance tape.
"You had a gun. You fired the gun twice," Erie County Court Judge Michael D'Amico said to Christian Klenke, "You are in this group that's running down the street and the end result is that somebody dies." Klenke's lawyer says the gun Klenke fired was not the murder weapon.
Klenke apologized in court to Jackson's family. "I'm sorry for your loss and what happened. I was wrong," said Klenke, "I shouldn't have been there."
Klenke's sentence could've been up to 15 years, but the judge showed Klenke some leniency in part because he cooperated with prosecutors as they built their case against Cordelius. Jackson's mother though is not pleased with how prosecutors handled the case and says Klenke's sentence and Cordelius' manslaughter plea are too lenient and send the wrong message. "Javon graduated from college with honors. He graduated from high school with honors," said Williams after the sentencing, "Javon has a 3.8 grade point average in electrical engineering and they allowed this to happen. There was no justice for my son."
Buffalo Police say this is now the fourth homicide their surveillance cameras have helped them solve in the last couple of years.