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Man pleads to manslaughter

Gets prison term of 25 to 30.5 years in death of 24-year-old

WARREN — A Warren man accused in the Aug. 2, 2020, shooting death of a 24-year-old man driving a vehicle on Summit Street NW pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter with a firearm specification and other felonies.

Cameron Tillis, 36, of Palmyra Road SW, was sentenced Tuesday to a prison term from 25 to 30 1/2 years.

Tillis appeared with his attorney, Kimberly Kendall, for a plea hearing before Judge Ronald J. Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. The finding of guilty to the amended indictment offset a trial that was to begin Monday.

Tillis is one of two people charged in the shooting death of Delquan Ware, 24.

His co-defendant, Stefon Alexander, 36, pleaded guilty May 27 to charges of involuntary manslaughter with a firearm specification and tampering with evidence.

On Tuesday, Tillis pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, having weapons while under disability and tampering with evidence.

Both Kendall and Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker jointly recommended the defendant be sentenced three years for the firearm specification plus five years for the specification Tillis discharged a firearm from a motor vehicle.

The defendant was sentenced to 11 to 16 1/2 years on the involuntary manslaughter, and 36 months each on the other two counts, with Rice ordering all counts and specifications to run consecutively.

“The defendant stipulates that consecutive sentences are necessary to protect the public from future crimes and to punish the offender and that consecutive sentences are not disproportionate to the danger the offender poses to the public,” Rice stated.

The judge also said Tillis’ courses of conduct and the harm caused was so great or unusual that no single prison sentence adequately reflects the seriousness of his conduct.

Federal marshals arrested Tillis late in the afternoon Dec. 3, 2021, at a home in the 2000 block of SW Sunset Boulevard in Renton, Wash., about 15 miles southeast of Seattle. Investigators in late October used information to track Tillis to the Pacific Northwest.

A Trumbull County grand jury had indicted Tillis on Jan. 14, 2021, charging him with aggravated murder with firearm and calculated design specifications, having weapons as a convicted felon and tampering with evidence.

Co-defendant Alexander surrendered to authorities in December 2020. Court records show Alexander will appear before Judge W. Wyatt McKay for sentencing, but that date has not been set by the court.

Alexander now is incarcerated in Lake Erie Correctional Institution after being sentenced in December to 18 months in prison on a drug possession conviction.

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