Homeless man pleads guilty in killing of building caretaker

Jason Shontee (Courtesy: Montgomery County Jail).
Jason Shontee (Courtesy: Montgomery County Jail).

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The man accused of killing a building caretaker has entered a surprise guilty plea Tuesday.

Jason Shontee, who was homeless at the time of the shooting, will be sentenced to an agreed mandatory sentencing range between 15 to 21 years. He also agrees to pay restitution, including the victim’s funeral bill.

The shooting happened on June 13 in the 300 block of North Smithville Road in Dayton.

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Shontee is accused of pulling a gun out of a bag he was carrying and shooting 47-year-old Robert Hildebrand, who had learned Shontee had been stashing stolen items in the building for safe keeping, according to a previous press release from Mat Heck, Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney. The victim had locked the defendant out of the property.

“Approximately two weeks earlier, the victim had called 911 to report that the defendant was threatening to shoot him. Then, just two days before the fatal shooting, the victim had again called 911 to report the defendant,” according to the release.

Hildebrand died on his way to the hospital.

Shontee will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 29.

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