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A Lima man decides to plead guilty to a 2021 shooting, just moments before jury selection was set to begin for his trial.   32-year-old Sheldon Williams pleaded guilty to the charges of felonious assault with a gun specification, having weapons while under disability, and carrying a concealed weapon.  Lima police officers say Williams shot Rico Stafford outside of Markos Bar on April 2nd.

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41-year-old, Anitaun Harris pleaded guilty to the charge of assault in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Another charge of felonious assault was dropped. Harris is currently serving a 15-year prison term on a voluntary manslaughter charge out of Stark County Ohio. The indictment alleges Harris attacked a prison employee in November of 2020 while he was at Allen Oakwood. He is currently in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. Harris will be sentenced in March on the new charge.

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58-year-old James Spears pleaded guilty to five counts of gross sexual imposition before his trial was set to start in February. Five other counts were dropped as part of the plea deal. He admitted to having sexual contact with two female victims under 13 years old multiple times starting in 2014. 

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A Lima man indicted on two charges that include felonious assault has accepted a plea deal. Jamale Fox accepted a deal that will have him plea guilty to count two of improperly discharging firearm at or into a habitation or school safety zone with a firearm specification in exchange for the dismissal of count one, felonious assault.  

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The seven-member commission began the process to redraw the 99 Ohio House districts and the 33 Ohio Senate districts. The statewide voting breakdown for Ohio is around 54% Republican and 46% Democratic and the Ohio Supreme Court says the new maps should reflect the same percentage of seats in the Ohio House. If the new maps have bipartisan support in the commission, the districts will remain that way for 10 years, if it doesn’t the maps the commission will be up for change again in four years.