Sentencing date set for man, 19, who admitted shooting Fairborn police officer


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UPDATE @ 12:23 a.m. (Feb. 26): Sentencing is scheduled for March 30 for 19-year-old Luke Easterday, who admitted to attempted murder in the shooting of a Fairborn police officer.


A Fairborn man accused of shooting a Fairborn police officer after a nearly 7-hour standoff pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

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Luke Easterday, 19, admitted to one count of attempted murder with a firearm specification.

He faces a maximum of 19.5 years in prison, up to a $20,000 fine, up to $5,000 in restitution, five years probation, and must register as a violent offender for 10 years upon his release from prison.

Easterday pleaded guilty to the charge in a change of plea hearing Tuesday afternoon. He had originally pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder and three counts of felonious assault for the shooting and standoff on Archer Drive in April.

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Over two dozen law enforcement officers were in court for the hearing, according to News Center 7’s John Bedell.

Easterday is accused of shooting Sgt. Bill Titley in the arm after police responded to Easterday’s house.

Titley was treated at a hospital and released.

Officers were responding to a report of shots fired at the home, Sgt. Mark Stannard said. As officers were approaching the house, Easterday, who was inside is said to have fired a shot, striking the officer, Stannard said.

In the middle of the night, police shot tear gas into the home and entered in the early morning hours.

Easterday was taken into custody, Stannard said, noting there were no additional injuries.

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