A 29-year-old Canton man, Errol G. Frank III, has been handed a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 20 years for the heinous murder of his wife’s ex-husband, Melvin H. Stevenson.
Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione delivered the verdict on Monday, along with additional charges of felonious assault, tampering with evidence, and gun specifications, all linked to the tragic events that took place on March 22.
The fatal incident occurred on Peel Place at O’Jays Parkway NE, forever changing the lives of those involved and their families. Melvin H. Stevenson, 36, lost his life that day, leaving loved ones and the community in shock.
In a remarkable display of compassion, Stevenson’s mother publicly forgave Errol G. Frank III for her son’s untimely death during the sentencing hearing. Her act of forgiveness amidst the grief and pain spoke volumes of the heartache faced by those left behind in the aftermath of this violent act.
During the trial, the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office Criminal Division, led by Dennis Barr, presented compelling evidence that painted a chilling picture of the crime.
According to the prosecution, Errol Frank hunted down Melvin Stevenson and ruthlessly executed him in the area of O’Jays Parkway NE near 9th Street.