16-year-old sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison for Stark County birthday party shooting


Crews responded after a fight broke out at American Legion Post #44 and resulted in shots fire. (JMN Photo | Jordan Miller)
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Anton J. Nash, 16, has reached a plea agreement concerning a shooting incident at a birthday party in April 2023 hosted at an American Legion in Canton.

Stark County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle L. Stone emphasized the importance of defendants taking responsibility for their actions, stating, “Mr. Nash acknowledged the charges against him and will face a minimum of 12 years to reflect on his conduct.”

Nash discharged a firearm at a crowded birthday celebration at the American Legion on 1633 Cleveland Ave N.W., resulting in two individuals sustaining gunshot wounds. Nash admitted guilt to two charges of F2 felonious assault, each carrying a three-year firearm specification. Stark County Common Pleas Judge Taryn Heath sentenced Nash to serve 12 to 15 years in prison.

Assistant Prosecutor Kassim Ahmed handled the prosecution of this case.