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Man pleads guilty in 2017 Elyria shooting

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    Sam Killings Jr.



ELYRIA — An Elyria man pleaded guilty to attempted murder Wednesday in connection with a January 2017 shooting on Lake Avenue.

Sam Killings Jr., 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree felony attempted murder, two counts of second-degree felony felonious assault and two counts of having weapons under disability, both third-degree felonies, according to court documents.

The attempted murder and felonious assault counts each also included a three-year and one-year firearm specification. Each specification carries a mandatory one- or three-year prison sentence if convicted.

Killings is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Christopher Rothgery on July 25.

Police have said Killings was responsible for the Jan. 1, 2017, shooting of Juan Kimbro, of Elyria, in the arm and the rear end. The shooting took place at 211 Lake Ave., where Kimbro was staying with friends.

Killings was arrested in Georgia a month after the shooting and was extradited to Ohio.

The year before, Killings was indicted on weapons charges in connection with an October 2016 incident where he allegedly fired two shots in the area of Middle Avenue and 10th Street. When police arrived, officers ordered Killings to drop his loaded shotgun. Police have said Killings claimed he was hunting.

Killings was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison on the matter, according to federal court documents.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said there was no plea agreement with Killing’s defense team, and there was no sentencing agreement.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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