LIMA — A young Lima man once said to be a person of interest in the shooting death last December of Anthony Bankston on Wednesday pleaded guilty in Allen County Common Pleas Court to a vastly reduced set of charges.
Accepting a plea agreement from prosecutors, Rasheign Tisdale, 24, pleaded guilty to a Bill of Information charge of discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises, a felony of the third degree, along with additional charges of carrying a concealed weapon and theft, felonies of the fourth and fifth degrees, respectively.
In exchange for those pleas, prosecutors dismissed four counts of felonious assault, all felonies of the second degree that carried three-year firearm specifications.
“We believe this to be an appropriate resolution of the case,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth Sturgill. He said the deal did not include a requirement that Tisdale testify against any other persons involved in Anthony Bankston’s shooting death.
Tisdale faces a maximum prison term of 66 months when he is sentenced on Jan. 9, 2020.
Bankston, 25, was found dead on Dec. 29 on the sidewalk outside a known after-hours establishment at 904 S. Main St. that at one time housed a bar known as The Alamo. Three other persons were injured in that shooting.
In mid-January Lima police held a media event to announce that Tisdale had been arrested in connection with Bankston’s murder. Lima Municipal Court Judge Tammie Hursh ordered the affidavit of arrest warrant issued against Tisdale to be sealed from public inspection.
Prosecutors at that time said the circumstances surrounding Bankston’s death were still under investigation and that additional charges could be forthcoming in the case.
“There were a series of events that ultimately led to the death of Anthony Bankston,” Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Miller said earlier this year, “and we believe Rasheign Tisdale was involved in those series of events. He is a person involved in that case.”
A Pickerington man pleaded not guilty in March to murder charges in connection with Bankston’s death. Jemonte McNeal, 25, entered the pleas during his arraignment hearing in Allen County Common Pleas Court. A secret indictment charged him with two counts of murder with three-year firearm specifications, both unclassified felonies, and one count of felonious assault with a three-year firearm specification, a felony of the second degree.
McNeal’s jury trial is set for March of next year.