A teenager from Hamilton, Ohio, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a recent Fairfield High School graduate and football star.
Recently, Zyquon Moody, 19, was sentenced by Judge Jennifer McElfresh in Butler County Common Pleas Court for the fatal shooting of Antaun Hill Jr, 18, on June 10, 2020.
Moody was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 18 years before being eligible for parole. He was convicted after a trial that was twice delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the police, a dispute broke out between two groups on June 7, 2020, regarding the theft of Hill’s phone and cash. Soon, the conflict grew on social media, which led to the clash, followed by reported gunshots around 10 p.m. at a park in Fairfield Township. The fight later spilled into the Lakota Family YMCA parking lot.
Investigators identified Moody and another individual, Romel Velasquez, 19, as the shooters during the brawl. Moody shot Hill once in the chest and once on the right side of his head, while Velasquez shot sporadically into the crowd. Both Moody and Zyshaun Johnson, 19, also suffered gunshot wounds and recovered.
Hill’s family gave emotional statements before Moody’s sentence was handed down. They described Hill as a smart, handsome and funny teen with a promising future. Hill’s father told the court his son was not part of a Fairfield mafia, and neither had he been a gang member.
“He happened to go to a fight, and he should have come home from that fight,” said Antaun Hill Sr. while he held his son’s football jersey, according to WCPO.
Velasquez confessed to authorities he purposefully took a gun to the scene of the incident after he found out about the fight on social media.
As a result, Velasquez was sentenced in October 2020 to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault with a gun specification.
“Anybody who’s thinking about murder better think twice because we got a pretty good track record (of conviction) up here in Butler County,” Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said according to a media report.
Hill had planned to play football for Independence Community College in Kansas before his death.