James Skernivitz Death – Obituary: A teenager involved in a robbery 2020 that ended with the fatal shooting of undercover Cleveland detective and his informant has been sentenced to a term in the Ohio youth services facility, officials say.
The sentence imposed Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court calls for the now-16-year-old to remain in custody until he’s 21. He could then be freed if he does well during his time at the facility. but if not he could face a sentence of 23 years to life in state prison.
The teenager apologized to the family of Detective James Skernivitz, saying, “I don’t expect immediate forgiveness because what I’ve done is unforgivable.”
53-year-old Skernivitz and 50-year-old informant Scott Dingess were killed on Sept. 3rd, 2020, while they were in an unmarked car preparing for a drug operation.
A group of youths approached them and one fired several shots into the vehicle, reports say.
A married father of three and a 22-year member of the Cleveland force, Skernivitz had been sworn in as a member of a federal violent crime taskforce the day before he was killed.
The teenager, who was 15 at the time and did not fire any shots and is reportedly the first person to plead guilty in the case. He pleaded guilty last month to two counts of aggravated murder, according to courts document.
As part of his plea deal, the teenager agreed to testify against his five other co-defendants, including the alleged shooter, who have all pleaded not guilty.
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