Man sentenced for fatally shooting his brother in church

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The man convicted of shooting and killing his brother in a Dayton church will spend the next 31 years to life in prison.

Daniel Schooler received that sentence from Judge Steven Dankof at a hearing on Wednesday.

A jury on June 14th found Schooler guilty for fatally shooting his brother, Rev. William Schooler inside St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church in March 2016. The jury deliberated for only 90 minutes before handing down the guilty verdict.

“We’re very saddened about the whole event. We’re glad that it’s coming to a closure. From this day forward we will try to go forward with our family,” said Patricia Wright, the niece of the Schooler brothers.

Prosecutors say on Sunday, February 28, 2016 inside the St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church on Nancy Street in Dayton, Schooler fatally shot and killed his brother. The shooting took place inside an office in the church at approximately 12:30 p.m., during the Sunday morning service.

Schooler took the stand in his own defense during the trial, claiming self-defense over. But, the jury disagreed, finding him guilty of purposeful murder, felonious assault and multiple weapons charges. Jurors, however, found him not guilty of aggravated murder with premeditation.

Schooler did not attend Wednesday’s sentencing hearing. Judge Dankof says Schooler refused to leave his cell at the Montgomery County Jail, instead staying inside and “wallowing in his own fecal matter.”

Schooler will receive credit for the 400 days he’s already spent in jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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