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Man sentenced to 2 years in prison
Scott admits guilt in connection to fatal shooting; Middletown police say dispute was over $10.
A Middletown man was sentenced to prison last week for his part in the fatal shooting of a man in May at a Yankee Road residence.
Dhameer Scott, 25, pleaded guilty in January in Butler County Common Pleas Court to obstructing justice with a gun specification and improper furnishing of a firearm to a minor, both felonies, in connection with the shooting death of John Booker on May 13.
On Thursday, Judge Keith Spaeth sentenced Scott to two years in prison.
In June, Jaiquan Singletary, 16, pleaded guilty in adult court to involuntary manslaughter with a gun specification. Singletary was originally charged with murder, and his case was bound over from juvenile court to adult court a week before he entered the guilty plea.
Singletary fired the shot that killed Booker, according to police and court records.
Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers II sentenced Singletary to three years for using a firearm in the commission of a crime and eight years for involuntary manslaughter. If Singletary gets in trouble in prison, he could serve up to
Dhameer Scott an additional four years.
Middletown police say the teen shot Booker, 36, in a dispute over $10.
Police were called at 7:44 p.m. on May 13 to the 1400 block of Yankee Road, where they found Booker seriously injured from gunfire. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
Booker’s mother called 911 and told dispatchers Booker has been shot. Police said Booker took $10 from a shelf in the home his mother shared with co-defendant Scott’s father, which started the argument that led to the shooting. Scott was originally charged with murder, but that charge was later dropped.
Police asked Singletary to take a lie detector test, which he failed, police said. He was then charged with murder.
Last month, Scott was indicted for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and improperly furnishing firearms to a minor, all felonies. He is free on bond awaiting trial.
Police say Scott gave the gun to the teen and they fled out of state together after the shooting.