Man enters guilty plea in 2005 shooting death
The prosecutor is recommending a 13-year sentence.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 24-year-old South Jackson Street man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in the March 21, 2005, shooting death of a 26-year-old Halleck Street man.
Anthony J. Mobley pleaded guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge with a firearm specification in the death of Nathaniel Freeman when he appeared Friday before Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Mobley will be sentenced at 11 a.m. Dec. 7.
The sentencing range available to Judge Evans is three to 10 years on the voluntary manslaughter charge plus a mandatory three years on the gun specification, for a total of six to 13 years. Martin Desmond, assistant county prosecutor, said he will ask the judge to impose 10 years for the voluntary manslaughter and three years for the gun specification, for a total of 13 years in prison.
More serious charge
Police initially charged Mobley with aggravated murder, which carries 20 years to life in prison, with the three-year gun specification, which would have put him behind bars for 23 years to life.
After an argument over a woman, Mobley shot Freeman four times with a handgun outside the woman's home in the 200 block of Wayne Avenue, hitting Freeman in the back and leg, police said. Mobley had been dating the former longtime girlfriend of a close friend of Freeman's, Desmond explained.
The aggravated murder charge accused Mobley of purposely planning Freeman's death. The voluntary manslaughter charge alleges he purposely caused Freeman's death while acting under sudden provocation from the victim.
Mobley said Freeman pointed a gun at him during the argument, and the woman said Freeman and his friend previously had tried to run Mobley off the road, Desmond explained.