The mother of an Akron man who was fatally shot in the head hoped her son’s killer would be imprisoned for 25 years — one year for every year her son was alive.

Temakia Mitchell, however, is satisfied with the life sentence Darshawn McCormick received Tuesday that makes him first eligible for parole after 20½ years in prison.

“I’m just happy it’s over with — and that he got 20 years,” Mitchell said after McCormick’s sentencing in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Mitchell said her son “didn’t deserve for this to happen — to be gunned down like a dog in the street.”

McCormick, 27, plans to appeal.

McCormick was convicted by a Summit County jury last month of the shooting death of Javanta Virden. The jury found him guilty of murder, felonious assault and having weapons while under disability, which means he was prohibited from having a firearm because of a previous conviction. The murder and felonious assault charges included gun specifications.

Police say McCormick shot Virden, 25, in the head Dec. 26, 2016, in an Ericsson Avenue parking lot. Virden was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital, where he later died.

McCormick was charged with Virden’s death in January 2017. At the time, he already was in the Summit County Jail on unrelated charges, including aggravated robbery and felonious assault.

Kani Hightower, who represented McCormick with attorney Justin Barnhart, had asked Judge Jay Wells to grant McCormick a new trial, arguing enough evidence wasn’t presented at trial to convict him. Wells denied the request.

During the sentencing, Wells’ courtroom was packed with family and friends of both Virden and McCormick.

Assistant Prosecutors Brian Stano and Teri Burnside urged Wells to sentence McCormick to life in prison with possible parole after 23 years.

Hightower argued a sentence of life in prison with possible parole after 18 years would be sufficient.

McCormick told Virden’s family he was sorry for their suffering and that he hoped Virden would rest in peace.

Wells sentenced McCormick to 15 years to life for the murder charge, three years for the gun specification and 30 months for having weapons while under disability, for a total of life in prison with possible parole after 20½ years.

McCormick still has a separate case pending with the court.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705 or swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @swarsmithabj and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/swarsmith.