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Grieving Las Vegas mother learns her son’s killer is headed to prison

Royal Love-Camp, 17, appears Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Bradford Boyer/KSNV)

A grieving Las Vegas mother has learned the teenager who killed her son soon will be headed to prison.

On Thursday, a jury found Royal Love-Camp guilty of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and guilty of discharging a firearm into a vehicle.

The charges are in connection with the shooting death of 20-year-old Jonathan Potter near Washington and Pecos on an RTC bus almost a year ago.

At the time, Love-Camp was 17 years old, but he was charged as an adult.

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Love-Camp was recognized in surveillance video as a parolee from the Caliente Youth Camp, where he was sent after a juvenile conviction for robbery with a deadly weapon.

Witnesses say the gunshot was fired on the RTC bus after Potter punched one of three men he’d been arguing with on the bus.

“Was my son wrong for punching the guy? Definitely. He was wrong. I’m not gonna say he was an angel. He was wrong for doing that,” said Janzelle, Potter’s mother.

State prosecutors called witnesses to the stand Wednesday, including a woman who was on the bus the day of the deadly shooting. She told the jury she considered the shooting “cold-blooded murder” and that the victim landed at her feet after he was shot.

“I called my mom crying one day, like how am I feeling sorry for him (Love-Camp) and he killed my son? She said because you’re a mother,” said Janzelle. “I just hope he learns from this, you know what I mean?”

Potter’s mom said no amount of prison time for Love-Camp will bring her closure.

“While everyone is in the Christmas spirit, getting trees, I don't want to think about Christmas,” said Janzelle.

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She said she would do anything to hear her son’s voice again.

“He was so loud. I would always get on him, like boy, why you so loud, and now I wish I could hear his voice,” she explained.

Back in May, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson called the shooting “senseless and stupid.”

“This young man because if you use a gun and kill someone, you're a man, chose to shoot a person over an argument? Over maybe a little fist fight?” said Wolfson.

“He killed someone and it’s probably going to ruin his life and people that love him. It's just not acceptable,” he continued.

Potter was a father and leaves behind two children.

“He'll never see his kids going to preschool, birthdays, holidays, none of that,” said Janzelle.

Love-Camp is scheduled to be sentenced February 8.

“I just wish he was back here one more time so I could tell him how much I love him,” she noted.


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