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June 22, 2015

DAILYKENN.com -- James A. Crabtree Jr. was shot seven times while delivering a pizza in Columbus, Ohio.

News reports say a black thug with a handgun approached the victim as he sat in his vehicle. Sean L. Fletcher Jr., also armed, approached the car from behind.

Fletcher said something "went wrong."

Crabtree, 49, was shot seven times.

Fletcher is expected to serve nine years for his role in the crime in exchange for a plea deal.

The crime occurred October 29, 2014. The plea was reported June 15, 2015.

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An 18-year-old North Side man who admitted his role in the fatal shooting of a pizza-delivery driver will be sentenced to nine years in prison if a Franklin County judge follows a recommendation from prosecuting and defense attorneys.

Sean L. Fletcher Jr. of Oakland Park Avenue pleaded guilty on Monday to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery with a gun specification in the death of 45-year-old James A. Crabtree Jr.

Common Pleas Judge Charles Schneider scheduled sentencing for Sept. 30.

A co-defendant, Diondre J. Jefferson, was 16 at the time of the shooting on Oct. 29, and his case was transferred to adult court in March. He is accused of being the gunman.

Jefferson, now 17, is scheduled for trial on Aug. 24 on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping; each carries a gun specification.

As part of Fletcher’s plea agreement, a charge of aggravated murder was reduced to involuntary manslaughter, and a kidnapping charge and two gun specifications were dropped. Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Hogan and defense attorney Mark C. Collins also recommended the nine-year sentence.

Crabtree was shot seven times as he sat in his car in front of a house in the 700 block of N. Cassady Avenue on the East Side, where he had gone to make a delivery for Grandma’s Pizza.

Hogan said Jefferson approached the driver’s door with a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun while Fletcher, who had a .22-caliber revolver, stayed near the rear of the car.

“Something went wrong,” Hogan said, and Jefferson fired repeatedly at Crabtree.

Jefferson and Fletcher fled to a neighboring house, where police found them. Officers recovered several guns from the attic, including one that matched shell casings from the shooting, Hogan said.

In March, a witness testified at Jefferson’s hearing in Juvenile Court that Jefferson told him he shot the driver “because he didn’t give him the money.”



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