A Muskegon man was sentenced to life in prison on Monday before Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Paul J. Bridenstine for the December 2016 murder of a Western Michigan University student.
Jordan Waire, 22, was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole on June 25 for the murder of WMU student Jacob Jones, 19.
Waire, who was found guilty by a jury on May 22, will also serve six to 10 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm, 30 to 50 years for armed robbery and two years for each of the three counts of firearms.
On Dec. 18, 2016 Jones was shot dead in his SoHo apartment on Howard Street near WMU campus by Waire during an armed robbery where he and his accomplice, WMU basketball player Joeviair Kennedy, stole three grams of marijuana and $25.
“He got what he deserves,” Jones’ mother, Tara Workman, said. “It’s a relief knowing that he won’t be able to do it again.”
Jones died due to a gunshot to the face and died almost instantly on the scene.
Workman said that the death of her son has caused her family serious pain and suffering. She says her husband, Jeff Workman, has been facing heart problems since and “honestly believes Jeff’s broken heart is killing him.”
Additionally, Workman said Jones’ older sister has tried to commit suicide twice since his death.
“All of this for a trivial amount of marijuana and a few dollars,” Bridenstine said.
Bridenstine continued to describe the crime as senseless, irrational and vicious.
During the trials of Waire and Kennedy, four of Jones’ friends who were at the Dec. 18 scene testified that the two entered Jones’ apartment demanding marijuana and money.
Jones was shot only seconds after the pair entered the apartment.
They said that Waire wore a red bandana over his nose and Kennedy wore a hoodie pulled tightly to cover his face.
In his June trial, Kennedy was not found guilty of murder. Instead, he was charged with armed robbery and one felony firearm count.
Waire’s defense attorney, Michael Oakes, said that the detectives do not have any of his client’s DNA from the crime scene and are also not in possession of the red bandana witnesses said Waire was allegedly wearing during the robbery.
Oakes said that his client said he is “bewildered” and “hopes that he gets some answers to his questions.”
While standing before Bridenstine who was reading off his sentencing decisions, Waire frequently turned his head around to look at members of the public who were witnessing his sentencing.
“I don’t think I’ve processed his death,” Workman said. “I have to be strong. I still have to go to work. I have a 7 and a 9-year-old at home that I’m trying so hard to be a good mom to. Every single day off has been spent here in this courtroom, giving a face and a voice to my son. I am sad to my very core.”