Devonte Brown was sixteen years old when a breakup led to him murdering a brother and a sister in Ohio. According to court documents Devonte Brown was upset that Joselyn Brown had broken up with him and the teen killer reacted by stabbing her and her fourteen year old brother to death. Devonte Brown would also attack the teen’s mother. Devonte Brown would be sentenced to life in prison without parole for the double murder however he would take his own life in 2021
Devonte Brown 2021 Information
Admission Date 07/28/2016
Institution Mansfield Correctional Institution
Status RELEASED – Death
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Devonte Brown, 17, a teen charged with killing his girlfriend and her brother, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
It was a difficult day for all involved, but will hopefully give two families a chance to move on.
Brown’s sentencing concludes a year-long nightmare for the family of Joselyn and Johnny Jones. Back in August of 2015, 16-year-old Joselyn and 14-year-old Johnny Jones were fatally stabbed in what prosecutors say was an act of rage after a teenage breakup.
On Thursday, the Honorable Judge Ian English heard from Joselyn and Johnny’s mother Josie Thomas, who was also attacked by Brown, but survived.
“Everything was taken from me in the matter of minutes, my kids, home, car, finances, and trust,” said Thomas.
Brown’s mother was also seen in the courtroom.
Brown, who was seen wiping tears from his face throughout the hearing, made a statement before learning his fate.
“I wish I would have understood how bad I would have hurt so may people, including myself,” said Brown.
The judge, however, wasn’t sympathetic towards the defendant. He said Johnny victimized Joselyn in the past, a reason for handing down the maximum sentence. It was a prayer answered for the victim’s family.
“This is a blessing right here, you know, I just said amen after he said that sentence. I think this is truly God working here,” said Thomas.
Brown’s attorney says the case is far from over, because his client will appeal due to a lot of discussion and a supreme court case that questions whether a teen should receive a life sentence.
Devonte Brown Death
A 22-year-old Mansfield Correctional Institution inmate’s death Saturday night is being investigated as an apparent suicide, JoEllen Smith, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, confirmed Monday.
Devonte Brown was admitted to the Ohio penal system on July 28, 2016, on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, rape, failure to comply and kidnapping.
Brown committed the crimes in Lucas County. He was sentenced to life in prison, according to the ODRC online offender search website.
Investigator Bob Ball with the Richland County Coroner’s Office said Brown’s body will be taken for autopsy as is state law.
Staff Lt. Craig S. Cvetan, public affairs commander with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said the general offense report had not been uploaded and approved yet, but he would provide the report when it became available.