LIMA — A Lima man facing a charge of murder pleaded guilty Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court to a lesser charge that will place him behind bars for a maximum of 14 years.
Devonte M. Andrews, 22, was indicted in July by an Allen County grand jury and was charged with murder with a firearm specification in the Aug. 18, 2016, shooting death of 29-year-old Edward Henry at the Lima Estates Apartments, 760 E. Fourth St. The charge is an unclassified felony. Andrews was also charged with discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premise, a first-degree felony.
Andrews appeared in court Thursday morning after a last-minute schedule change and accepted a deal from prosecutors that saw the state dismiss all charges against him in exchange for a guilty plea to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification.
Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Juergen Waldick said the state will seek the maximum prison term when Andrews is sentenced at 10 a.m. Feb. 26.
Terry Williams, 28, of Lima, is also charged with murder in Henry’s death.