LIMA — A suspect in the June 2019 shooting death of a Lima teenager pleaded guilty Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court to involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony that carries a maximum potential prison sentence of 16 1/2 years.
Jolade Omosikeji Jr., 22, agreed to a deal offered by prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge that carries with it a gun specification which adds three years of mandatory prison time to the defendant’s sentence. In exchange for that plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a murder charge that carried with it the possibility of life behind bars. Also dismissed by prosecutors were counts of felonious assault, discharging a weapon in a prohibited premise and carrying a concealed weapon.
Omosikeji was as identified by police early in their investigation as the sole suspect in the murder of Christian Laws, 19, of Lima. Laws was shot to death June 14, 2019, in the 2400 block of Lark Avenue, outside the city limits of Lima. Laws was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy revealed his death stemmed from a single gunshot wound, authorities said.
He will be sentenced Sept. 24. In addition to the three years of mandatory prison time for the gun specification, Omosikeji could be sentenced to anywhere between 3 and 16 1/2 years on the manslaughter charge.
Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Thines, when questioned by Judge Terri Kohlrieser, confirmed that Laws’ family is not in full agreement with the plea deal. But Thines told the judge he “certainly” felt the agreement was “a fair way to resolve this case.”
Allen County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Omosikeji without incident in late June of last year at 1150 Adam Lee Place in Lima. Detectives from the sheriff’s office and Lima Police Department, along with the sheriff’s SWAT team, converged on the residence following an anonymous tip.
According to authorities, detectives made contact with a relative of Omosikeji’s at the residence, and a short time later the man exited the home and surrendered without incident.