Lima murder suspect pleads to lesser charge


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



DeArin Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 5, 2017, shooting death of Davohn Godsey at the Gas Station bar, 126 E. North St., Lima. Thomas will be sentenced June 18.

DeArin Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 5, 2017, shooting death of Davohn Godsey at the Gas Station bar, 126 E. North St., Lima. Thomas will be sentenced June 18.


J Swygart | The Lima News

LIMA — A 25-year-old Lima man facing two counts of murder in the shooting death last summer of Davohn Godsey pleaded guilty Wednesday to reduced charges that will see him serve a maximum of 14 years behind bars.

DeArin Thomas was indicted by an Allen County grand jury on two counts of murder with firearm specifications, unclassified felonies, and one count of felonious assault with a firearm specification, a second-degree felony, in connection with the July 5, 2017, shooting death of Davohn Godsey at the Gas Station bar, 126 E. North St., Lima.

During his court appearance Wednesday morning, Thomas accepted a negotiated agreement with prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year firearm specification. In exchange for that plea, prosecutors agreed to drop all remaining charges.

By pleading guilty, Thomas will serve a mandatory three years in prison on the firearm specification, followed by a prison term of between three and 11 years on the first-degree felony charge.

Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing date of June 18.

Davohn Godsey was one of two men shot at the downtown Lima bar on that July evening. Godsey’s cousin, Marlon Godsey, also suffered a gunshot wound in the incident. He was treated and released from a local hospital following the shooting.

Marlon Godsey told investigators he was at the bar with his cousin on the night in question when a man later identified as Thomas “bumped into” Davohn. An argument ensued and Davohn Godsey reportedly struck Thomas in the face and knocked him backward. Thomas got off the floor and came at Godsey, and then “shots rang out,” Marlon Godsey told police.

A second witness told police that Thomas shot Godsey and then “tucked the gun in the waistband of his pants and walked out the door” of the bar, according to court documents.

DeArin Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 5, 2017, shooting death of Davohn Godsey at the Gas Station bar, 126 E. North St., Lima. Thomas will be sentenced June 18.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_DeArin-Thomas-...-plea-change.jpgDeArin Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 5, 2017, shooting death of Davohn Godsey at the Gas Station bar, 126 E. North St., Lima. Thomas will be sentenced June 18. J Swygart | The Lima News

By J Swygart

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