Youngstown man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


Quentin Jones, originally charged with two counts of murder in a double homicide on the city’s North Side last summer, has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Jones, 24, of Jackson Street, pleaded guilty to counts of voluntary manslaughter with firearm specifications in the murders of Jasmon Reeder, 19, of Superior Street, and Oscar Teague, 56, of Wirt Avenue in August 2011.

The plea was entered before Judge John Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Jones will be sentenced Sept. 5.

On Aug. 6, 2011, officers responded to gunshots fired at the Wirt Street residence. When they arrived, they found Reeder shot in the head. Teague, owner of the house, was found shot in the back.

Reed was pronounced dead at the scene, and Teague died later at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Jones could be sentenced up to 28 years on the two charges and firearm specifications, but prosecutors, in the plea agreement, stated they will not oppose a sentence similar to that of Jones’s co-defendant 22-year-old Keilan Clinkscale.

Clinkscale pleaded guilty earlier this year to voluntary manslaughter in the murders of Reeder and Teague, but he also pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the 2009 murder of 24-year-old Melkanoe Bowman.

Clinkscale was sentenced to a total of six years in prison for charges connected to all three murders and firearm specifications.

County records show Jones still has an unresolved felony receiving-stolen-property-case pending before Judge Durkin. He was scheduled for trial on that matter this week.

Jones was previously accused of domestic violence after an argument with his 19-year-old girlfriend in 2011. He also was charged with marijuana possession in 2007.

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