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Stephan Barnette Sentenced to 18-Years to Life in Shooting Death
May 02, 2012

Butler County Jury deliberated under 2 hours before returning a guilty verdict for the October murder of 58-year old Ricky Butler of Fairview Avenue in Hamilton. Judge Patricia Oney sentenced the 21-year old immediately following the verdict. Barnette took the stand in an attempt to convince the jury the shooting was self-defense, but the facts of the case contradicted his claims.

Prosecutor Michael T. Gmoser and Assistant Prosecutor David Kash presented a solid case in which science played a crucial role. Det. John Fisher led the investigation for Hamilton Police Department, and Det. James Smith's testimony regarding bullet trajectory, disproved Barnette's accounting of the events that transpired.

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