March 21, 2008
WAPAKONETA — A Spencerville man facing murder and other charges pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter and now faces up to 10 years in prison.Matthew D. Pennington, 22, entered the plea Friday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court as part of a negotiated deal with prosecutors. Pennington was charged with murder, felonious assault, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated menacing and reckless homicide. The combination of charges could have put him in prison for life. A sentencing date has not been set.Pennington was charged in the Nov. 2 shooting death of Daniel R. King, 23. King was shot once in the head following an argument. at a party. Authorities said that argument escalated and ended with King shot once in the head at a farmhouse near Kossuth. Auglaize County Coroner Thomas Freytag pronounced King dead at the scene.Pennington was arrested and charged the same day. Pennington was being held on a $500,000 bond but that bond has been revoked.He was scheduled to go on trial in May.Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon declined to comment Friday, but said he would after Pennington is sentenced and the case is over.Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce could not be reached for comment Friday.You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.