A grieving Akron mother thought she had received justice for her slain son, with the man who accepted responsibility behind bars.

Now, she isn’t so sure, thanks to a Facebook Live video posted by another inmate in federal prison who claims he was involved.

“I want the person who did it,” Lashoane Andrus said Wednesday afternoon in an interview in her Akron home. A large photo of the son she lost, 19-year-old LaDonte Smith, hangs on the dining room wall.

Joe L. Fletcher, 30, of Akron, who is incarcerated in a federal prison in Atlanta, made a 50-minute live video Saturday in which he munched on snacks, sipped repeatedly from a can of Pepsi and claimed to “run Akron.”

He also bragged about being involved in multiple shootings, including Smith’s murder. Smith was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in a car in the driveway of a house on Wall Street in North Akron on Sept. 26, 2010.

“Everybody knows I did it,” Fletcher said, making the shape of a gun with his hand and mimicking the pulling of the trigger. “I did it.”

The video, viewed live by many of Fletcher’s family and friends, including his mother, and watched since then by several thousand, opened old wounds for Andrus and her loved ones — and left them with many questions.

Former Akron Police Chief James Nice once referred to Fletcher as “one of Akron’s most dangerous individuals,” and police say he has been implicated in several violent crimes, including shootings. Whether he was actually involved in Smith’s murder or if he was just talking tough is unclear.

Akron police and the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office declined Wednesday to comment on Fletcher’s video.

The video also raised concerns about how a federal inmate was able to post a video of this length from his cell uninterrupted by any guards, and with numerous people joining in to view it.

In response to a long list of questions from the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, the Bureau of Prisons provided a one-sentence reply via email.

“The incident you reference is under investigation and we will take action based on our findings, including referring for prosecution, if needed,” the agency said.

Inmates’ use of smuggled-in cellphones has long been a thorn in the side of the federal prison system, dating back to when cult leader Charles Manson chatted with people across the country on a contraband mobile phone. The prison system recently began testing new micro-jamming technology to block smuggled cellphones, according to a recent Newsweek article.

The Bureau of Prisons confiscated more than 5,000 cellphones from inmates in 2016, with the number rising in 2017, according to Newsweek.

Fletcher didn’t respond Wednesday to a request for comment made through Facebook.

He was sentenced in December to seven months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Boyko for a probation violation.

He was convicted of illegally possessing a firearm in March 2015 and sentenced to 39 months in federal prison and three years of probation. He was released Sept. 27 and then charged with a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend on Nov. 4 in Cuyahoga Falls.

Fletcher asked to serve his time in North Carolina or Georgia, where he has family. Boyko said he would recommend Fletcher be sent to a prison in one of those states. Fletcher is scheduled to be released May 16, according to the prison website.

When Fletcher is freed, he said in his video that he plans to relocate to Atlanta. He also said he wants to become a rapper, with the material for his music derived from his experiences in the streets of Akron.

“Who done more shootings than me who’s still alive?” he asked.

Fletcher said he plans to rap about Anthony Smart, who is nicknamed “Champy” and is serving 17 years after being convicted in Smith’s death. Smart, 28, was originally charged with murder and pleaded guilty to attempted murder and voluntary manslaughter in 2011.

“If it weren’t for Champy, I’d have a life sentence right now,” Fletcher said. “You think I’m not about to let the world know who that man is?”

Fletcher said he loved “Tay,’” which was Smith’s nickname.

This comment angered Smith’s mother, who has known Fletcher for 15 years and watched him grow from a troubled teen into an even more troubled young man. Andrus found out about Fletcher’s video on Saturday afternoon from her son, who alerted her about it while she was working.

Andrus said she wonders if both Fletcher and Smart may have been involved in her son’s death or if Fletcher may have shot him and gotten Smart to take the blame. Either way, Andrus plans to organize a protest outside the Akron police station in March to urge detectives to reopen the case. She also may hire an attorney.

“What more evidence do I need? He said he shot him,” Andrus said of Fletcher. “That should be enough.”

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705, swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com and on Twitter: @swarsmithabj.