Javon Thomas will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty in the killings of Brian Brack and Austin Tiller. Additionally, felonious assault and negligent homicide were found against him.
Tiller loved making people laugh, according to testimony provided by his stepmother. At 20 years old and having graduated from Stow-Munroe Falls High School with honors in guitar performance and applied to be one of the pioneers to colonize Mars he “loved to make people smile and laugh,” as his stepmother stated.
Early Life and Education
Javon Thomas was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Our Savior New American High School in Centereach and participated on their basketball team under coach Isaiah F Pitts.
He continued his college basketball career at Our Savior New Covenant College in Texarkana, Texas, under head coach Michael Brown. There he averaged 16.3 points and 12.2 assists per game for Michael’s Fighting Pharoahs team.
Thomas will likely spend over 30 years of his life behind bars unless he successfully appeals his conviction, having been found guilty by jurors at a sentencing hearing held Monday in Portage County for killing Brian Brack and Austin Tiller on January 14. Thomas received 36 years for their deaths with parole eligibility beginning at 63.
Last season, he finished as one of the Sun Belt’s premier interior defensive linemen and one of its three highest-graded players at his position, according to Pro Football Focus… He earned honorable mention All-Sun Belt recognition, leading his team with six sacks and 14 tackles for loss – helping keep opponents to less than three yards rushing total throughout 2021…
Thomas was a regular starter throughout much of the season; however, injury prevented him from appearing in 17 Big 12 contests. Even so, he managed to average 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game on average.
Thomas currently serves as assistant coach of the Richmond Spiders men’s basketball team under head coach Buzz Williams, and in this capacity oversees recruiting, player development, opponent scouting and practice management responsibilities for this squad.
Achievement and Honors
As a freshman, started in 17 games during his redshirt year… Made 4.5 tackles for loss including 1.5 sacks… Also served as primary kickoff returner with 18 returns totalling 411 yards.
2022 (R-So): Started all 13 games as an inside linebacker… ranked second on his team and sixth in the MAC with 97 tackles, 2.0 TFLs and two pass breakups… recorded double-figure tackle totals four of his final six outings… set his career high of 14 stops against Central Michigan on Nov 16… recovered a fumble as well as recorded an interception during Arizona Bowl MAC West championship-clinching win against Western Michigan… topped his career high of 14 stops… also recovered fumble recovered fumble before recording first interception of his career during MAC West championship-clinching win against Western Michigan… recovered fumble and recorded his first interception to cap MAC West championship-clinching win…
As a junior and senior, this player helped lead their school to win both Class 4A state and Foothills League titles… additionally he excelled on offense, scoring 20 touchdowns combined through running and receiving… and returned one kickoff touchdown as well!
Thomas enjoys listening to music and video editing in his free time, listing Houston Rockets as his preferred professional sports team and Denzel Washington and Mike Epps as two favorite actors. Additionally, Thomas takes four years of taekwondo training and has two older siblings.
He enjoys making people laugh, which was especially evident during the shooting trial for Brian Brack and Austin Tiller’s deaths. At trial, Tiller’s mother spoke of how her son enjoyed making dorky jokes and once even applied to become one of the first colonizers of Mars!
Thomas was found guilty by a jury for killing Brack and engaging in felonious assault on Woodgate Boulevard in Ravenna in January. He will not be eligible for parole until he turns 63 years old.
Javon Thomas credits DJ and Jessica Walton, Javon’s parents, with being his biggest supporters in both acting and boxing. With their help and guidance he has achieved many of his goals both fields.
Dedication and talent have propelled him into the industry, earning him several notable roles such as Ashtray in Euphoria and Grant in Utopia which earned him significant acclaim and popularity from fans alike. Furthermore, his voice can be heard as Pugsley Addams from The Addams Family 2 animated film.
Javon is the proud owner of an exquisite home which he purchased back in 2016. Since then, he has been working on various projects which will sure to please audiences, such as Whoop Footjoy Electronics and Beats Electronics products for which he acts as spokespersons.