Man sentenced to 3 additional years in prison for fatal Dayton jazz club shooting

A Miamisburg man who was convicted in a double-homicide at a Dayton jazz club was re-sentenced Tuesday to three additional years in prison.

After a 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling, James A. Davison, 27, was re-sentenced to a total of 51 years to life, according to a release from Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck Jr.

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Early Saturday morning, April 21, 2018, Davison left Rick’s Jazz Club on Lakeview Avenue in Dayton and drove his car through the lot, stopping with his driver’s side door next to the driver’s side door of a pickup truck containing four people.

Davison then fired around 17 to 21 rounds from a .40 caliber handgun into the pickup truck.

The front seat driver, later identified as 29‐year‐old Darion L. Harris, and the front seat passenger, 28‐year‐old Ashley M. James, were both fatally shot, the release said.

The two people in the backseat were uninjured.

The incident was captured by the club’s surveillance video.

On September 27, 2019, after a trial, the jury found Davison guilty as charged on one count of aggravated murder, one count of murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of discharge of a firearm at or near prohibited premises, one count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, and one count of tampering with evidence.

All of the counts, except for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence, include three year and five year firearm specifications due to Davison firing the shots from a vehicle.

On October 15, 2019, the trial court sentenced Davison to a total of 48 years to life in prison.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office appealed the trial court’s sentence, arguing that the aggravated murder and discharge of a firearm counts shouldn’t have been merged, according to a press release.

The Ohio Second District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the prosecutor’s office, sending the case back to the trial court and adding the three additional years to Davison’s sentence.