Thu., 11:32am: Detroit man guilty in deadly Warren gun battle

WARREN — Dale Hatch, one of two men charged in the Nov. 11, 2012 shooting death of Marco Dukes, 32, of Warren, this morning pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

He is to be sentenced in April and officials have said they expect him to receive 10 years in prison.

Hatch, 27, of Detroit, pleaded guilty before Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to involuntary manslaughter with a firearms specification, tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property, attempted murder with a firearms specification and felonious assault, also with a firearms specification.

He was originally charged with aggravated murder.

He and Derrick Peete, 23, were both charged in the Dukes’ death during what police said was a shootout in downtown Warren.

Two of the charges, felonious assault and attempted aggravated murder, are related to the shooting of Dukes’ cousin, Larry A. Smith, 29, who was wounded in the gunfire.

Peete is scheduled to go on trial March 24 on aggravated murder and other charges that could result in a life prison sentence. Hatch has agreed to cooperate in Peete’s prosecution as part of his plea bargain.

Complete coverage will appear in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle print edition.