1 of 4 suspects in fatal incident pleads guilty to robbery, involuntary manslaughter


By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com



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WILMINGTON — A suspect in an incident during which a man was fatally shot pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and robbery Tuesday afternoon.

Kevin Noe Jr., 21, made his plea in Clinton County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday to Judge John “Tim” Rudduck.

With this plea, a third felony charge — murder — was dismissed.

Noe is now facing 9-36 months in jail and a $10,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 3. He has been incarcerated in the Clinton County Jail since January.

Noe is one of four suspects accused of the shooting death of 23-year-old Layne Hall of Blanchester on Jan. 21. The other three are Christian Terry, 22, Corey Ruffner, 21, and Joshua Williams, 18.

Noe, Terry, and Ruffner were charged with alleged murder, involuntary manslaughter, and robbery. Williams now faces charges of “using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence” and drug possession with intent to distribute in U.S. District Court — Southern District of Ohio (Cincinnati).

Court documents indicated Hall and three of the suspects (Terry, Noe, and Ruffner) allegedly rode in a car together to meet someone at the Brownberry Apartments parking lot; soon after the four arrived, the person they were to meet — allegedly Williams — pulled up in a car, and shortly after that is when gunfire was heard.

Although court documents indicate Terry, Noe or Ruffner did not purposely kill Hall, it alleges that if they had not taken part in initiating a robbery, the alleged murder would not have occurred. Williams is suspected of directly causing Hall’s death.

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By John Hamilton

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