John Paul Shobe III, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.
As he was fleeing the seen of the crime, Shobe shot Johnson in the head, ending his life.
The crime occurred in 2013. The plea was reported August 8, 2015.
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A Bowling Green [man] arrested in connection with a fatal shooting at the scene of a 2013 robbery at Domino’s Pizza pleaded guilty Friday to murder and first-degree robbery.
John Paul Shobe III, 22, entered a guilty plea in Warren Circuit Court a month ahead of a scheduled trial.
Shobe admitted to killing Harold Dean Johnson, 51, of Bowling Green, as he fled the Domino’s on Stonehenge Avenue where he carried out an armed robbery on Aug. 26, 2013.
Johnson’s girlfriend was working at the store at the time of the robbery, and Johnson rushed to the business with his son when he heard the robbery taking place there while on the phone with his girlfriend, according to prior testimony.
Johnson stationed himself at the back of the building and was shot once in the head when Shobe confronted him as he ran from the scene.
“There’s really not a satisfactory outcome in a case with such a senseless loss of life,” Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said after Friday’s court appearance.
Shobe accepted a plea agreement that recommends a sentence of life in prison with no chance at parole for 20 years.
Had the case gone to trial, Shobe faced potential sentences of life without parole or life with no possibility of parole for 25 years if he had been convicted as charged.
The plea agreement dismissed misdemeanor counts of second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), giving a peace officer a false name or address and alcohol intoxication.
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