Savon Frost faces 15 years in prison after his sentencing Thursday for fatally shooting his girlfriend’s brother during a fight in a Southwest Side apartment last year.
Frost, 25, of the East Side, pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and gun specifications in the July 8, 2019, death of 29-year-old James L. Bishop.
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Dan Hawkins imposed the sentence, which included 10 years for voluntary manslaughter, one year for tampering with evidence, and a combined four years for the gun specifications.
Defense attorney Joseph Scott advocated for a minimum sentence of seven years, arguing that had Frost not fled the scene and disposed of the gun, he would have had a strong case for self-defense.
Frost was indicted for murder, but pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter, meaning he caused the death under a sudden fit of rage brought on by serious provocation by the victim.
Frost’s girlfriend, Cheronda Bishop, had been arguing with her brother throughout the day at an apartment in the 3500 block of O’Donnell Court, according to a sentencing memo filed by Scott.
The argument eventually became physical, with Frost saying that James Bishop began choking Cheronda. Frost said he pulled a gun, for which he had a concealed carry permit, and fired a warning shot.
When James Bishop responded by charging at him, Frost said he fired two shots at him, the memo states.
Frost admitted that he and his girlfriend fled and that he tossed the gun behind a nearby residence before showering and changing his clothes.
Assistant Prosecutor Scott Kirschman had argued for a sentence of at least 15 years, saying that Frost’s use of deadly force was unnecessary and that he left the victim “alone to die on the floor.”