Jefferson pleads, receives two years in prison

James Starks

The third and final defendant in the incident that led to the November 2009 death of a Kent State

University student pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to two felony charges of obstructing justice.

Upon entering his plea, Judge Laurie Pittman sentenced Glenn P. Jefferson, Jr., to one year per charge

and a $300 fine. The 22-year-old from Mentor will serve this sentence concurrently with another

one year prison term stemming from a 2007 probation violation on a theft conviction in Lake County.

Jefferson admitted to lying to police and a Portage County grand jury during the trial of two co-

defendants in the death of Christopher Kernich. The charges against him carried a maximum penalty

of up to ten years in prison. Ronald Spears, Jefferson’s attorney, reached a plea agreement with the

Portage County Prosecutor’s office in order to receive the minimum sentence.

In the spring, Jefferson testified against Adrian A. Barker, who was convicted of murder, felonious assault and

tampering with evidence, and Ronald G. Kelly, who was convicted of murder and felonious assault. The charges stem from an early morning altercation on Nov. 15, when the two assaulted Christopher Kernich. He died a week later due to head injuries.