Logan County man pleads guilty in shooting death of teen at party

A Logan County man faces more than five years in prison after he pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy at an underage drinking party.

Evan Hoffman, 20, told investigators he shot the teen in self defense. Hoffman was throwing a party at his home on Dec. 27, investigators said, when he got into an argument with 16-year-old Branden Doseck.

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Doseck left the party, investigators said, but later returned. In 9-1-1 calls, Hoffman said Doseck forced his way into the home and tried to attack him.

Doseck died from a gunshot wound at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.

A charge against Hoffman for felonious assault was dropped in the plea agreement reached last week, Logan County Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said. Hoffman agreed to plead guilty to reckless homicide and sex with a minor, Stewart said.

The latter charge stems from an unrelated, earlier complaint, according to court records.

Hoffman faces a maximum of 5½ years in prison. Stewart said he plans to recommend a five-year sentence.

“It was a very tragic situation,” Stewart said. “He has an argument for self defense, but we reached this agreement taking that into consideration.”

Hoffman must also register as a Tier Two sex offender for the next 25 years. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 22.

He also previously pleaded guilty to seven counts of purchasing and consuming alcohol while underage and was sentenced Dec. 29 to six months in jail followed by two years of probation on those charges.

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