Spencerville man enters pleas in connection with shooting death in Venedocia


VAN WERT — Trey Jones, 24, of Spencerville, appeared in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Tuesday and changed his pleas to guilty on charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and an amended count of attempted reckless homicide. Both charges are felonies of the fourth degree.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for May 25.

Jones was initially charged with a third-degree felony count of reckless homicide in connection with the shooting death last September of George McLaurine, 19, of Lima.

McLaurine’s body was found in the early morning hours of Sept. 12 outside a residence in the Van Wert County village of Venedocia. He was suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to a Lima hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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