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Wife finds husband shot to death

Published: Fri, May 23, 2008 @ 8:36 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The wife of the owner of Cotton Automotive Service on McGuffey Road found her husband shot to death inside the business Thursday night.

John A. Cotton, 66, of Early Road, was found in a pool of blood in his office around 9:40 p.m. Thursday, shot either in the chest or back.

The motive may have been robbery, said Capt. Kenneth Centorame, chief of detectives. He said the victim had been dead for several hours, adding the time of death will be determined by the coroner.

Centorame said there were no apparent signs of forced entry. He described Cotton as a reputable, well-liked businessman who’d operated the automotive shop for a long time.

Detective Sgt. Rick Spotleson, lead investigator, was out Friday interviewing witnesses. Centorame said there are a lot of people to talk to in order to determine who last had contact with the victim.

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1spenc083(7 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Has lots of friends and endless relatives. Sgt.Spotleson, please find the perpetrator before we do, else there will be a bloodbath in Youngstown like NO OTHER....

On our way from NY,ATL,CALI,FL

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2DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

May have been robbery? I have seen it before in Yompton. Dude is walking around the business, asks to use the phone inside or something similar, and then pulls the weapon. Check the police reports of years past, there is a precedence for this behavior in the city. All business owners, especially those in Yompton, should emplore conceal carry options. That way you can splatter the perp's brains before he/she carries out their plan.
I truly feel for this widow and her late spouse. The man is merely trying to make a living and this happens.
To spenc083, I hear your message, revenge is a dish best served cold.

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3MzVirgoLuv(158 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

To the Cotton family: We wish to express our deepest sympathy in your time of great grief. With the help of the community and prayers, we will find the perps and get justice like no other. I live two blocks from this place and have been looking upon that business all of my life being a lifelong east sider and am tired of all our residents being ashamed and fearful of our own community and neighbors. We will get justice. From Mr. & Mrs. Tony Garcia.

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4babysis(1 comment)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

My brother will be deeply missed, he was a good father,grandfather, husband and an outstanding brother. He was always helping others and never turned his back on anyone. I hope and pray that who ever did this senseless act will pay for this crime. I love you big bro!

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5chanre(1 comment)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

My uncle was a kind and loving man. He loved his family and helped in anyway he could. He didnt deserve to go out like that. He has wonderful and loving children and grandchildren. Our hearts are broken and full of anger and digust. If you needed something and was a person trying to do something with yourself he was there to help all you had to do was ask. To the person or persons who did this you will pay in this life and the next you coward.

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6twenty4karat(1 comment)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

To The Cotton Family Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow, Johnny was a good man loving husband,father,grandfather and friend. He was the best man at my parents wedding and when they renewed their 33rd wedding anniversary he was there. He was not only a good friend he was family. He was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back. At this time of sorrow family has to stick together and we are here for you Pat and the family that's what family do, our hearts are broken. Our Deepest Sympathy. The Hester, Grier & Peterson Family

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7jflossy(2 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

I'm about to go find the mothersucker that shot Mr. Cotton and give his car a Youngstown tune-up.

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