SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A Springfield man will spend more than a decade behind bars for his role in a January 2016 shooting death.
Deondre Wilgus will spend the next 11 years in prison for fatally shooting his mother’s boyfriend, 37-year-old Danyale Piersoll.
Only 2 NEWS cameras were rolling as Wilgus accepted a plea deal in court Tuesday morning. He shot and killed Piersoll back on January 2, 2016.
Police found Piersoll lying on the kitchen floor of a home in the 600 block of East Southern Avenue in Springfield. He had several wounds to his chest and neck.
Charges were lessened from murder to voluntary manslaughter because the prosecutor’s office says not enough people came forward as witnesses.
“We’ve got young men out there, who are arming themselves with guns and they’re shooting at each other,” Assistant County Prosecutor Daniel Driscoll said. “We’ve got neighbors and witnesses who are too scared or don’t want to be involved so they sit on their hands and they watch this stuff happen and it’s tearing up our neighborhoods and it’s killing our kids and until folks get involved and say enough is enough this is going to continue to happen.”
And Piersoll’s death on January 2nd was recorded as Clark County’s first homicide this year.