By J Swygart - email@example.com
SOURCE: Lima News
LIMA — Gavin Lauck will be sentenced next month to a mandatory prison term of 18 years to life after pleading guilty Tuesday to murder in the 2017 shooting death of Damere Oliphant.
The 20-year-old Lima man appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday for a final pre-trial hearing ahead of his scheduled March 27 jury trial. During that hearing, Lauck — described by police, prosecutors and at least one co-defendant as being the one who pulled the trigger of an AK-47 rifle used to kill Oliphant — accepted a deal offered by prosecutors.
A grand jury charged Lauck with two counts of murder, involuntary manslaughter, trafficking in drugs and kidnapping — all with firearm specifications — for his role in Oliphant’s death. In exchange for his guilty plea to a single murder charge, an unspecified felony with a three-year firearm specification, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining counts.