LIMA — A 17 year old will face up to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced in July for killing a man.
Albert McDowell pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter with a gun during a hearing Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Sentencing was set for July 6.
McDowell killed 19-year-old Da’veon Petaway on March 7, 2016, at Meat City on Kibby Street. McDowell originally claimed he shot Petaway in self defense.
In exchange for the plea, the prosecution dropped murder charges.
McDowell was on the run for nearly a month after the slaying. He tried to stay away from police but they were able to track him and capture him at a rest area near Piqua.
Police also have said McDowell was “a primary participant” in the shooting of Petaway’s brother, Kylil Florence, in January 2015.
McDowell’s case started in juvenile court but prosecutors sought to try him as an adult where he would face a more severe penalty. Had he been tried as a juvenile and convicted, the maximum penalty would have been incarceration until his 21st birthday.
He was 16 at the time he killed Petaway.
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