Man convicted in New Year’s Eve slayings gets life sentence

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted in the fatal shootings of a father and his two teenage children during a home invasion robbery on New Year’s Eve 2013 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A Summit County judge sentenced 33-year-old Eric Hendon on Wednesday to three life sentences. Jurors last month recommended life without parole rather than the death penalty for the Akron man. The judge could have sentenced him to life with a parole possibility.

Hendon was convicted of aggravated murder, attempted murder and related offenses. Authorities say he shot 42-year-old John Kohler and Kohler’s 18-year-old stepdaughter and 14-year-old son at their Barberton home. Kohler’s girlfriend was shot, but survived.

Authorities say the shootings occurred during an attempted marijuana theft.

Hendon said he plans to appeal.