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Man sentenced to 7 years in Elyria 2017 New Year's shooting (UPDATED)

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ELYRIA — Sam Killings Jr. was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday for the 2017 New Year’s Day shooting that left a 48-year-old Elyria man wounded.

When given the chance to speak, Killings, 38, had only two words to say: “I’m sorry.”

Police have said Killings shot Juan Kimbro in the arm and the rear. The shooting took place at 211 Lake Ave., where Kimbro was staying with friends.

Killings left after the shooting, and law enforcement tracked him to Georgia and arrested him. Killings returned to Ohio to face charges.

He pleaded guilty last month 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.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery said Killings’ sentence was usual for an attempted murder case.

Killings was previously indicted on federal weapons charges in connection with an October 2016 incident in which 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 said in that case that Killings claimed he was hunting.

Killings was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison March 20 on the matter, according to federal court documents.

His seven-year sentence will run concurrent with the federal sentence.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or by email at Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.

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