- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A western Ohio man accused of fatally shooting a teenager while hosting a drinking party pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of providing alcohol to underage people and was jailed, court staff said Wednesday.

Evan Hoffman, of Lewiston, entered the pleas Tuesday in Bellefontaine Municipal Court. Hoffman, 20, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in jail, with all but six months of that suspended if he meets certain stipulations. He also faces thousands of dollars in fines.

No lawyer was listed as representing him because he entered the pleas without an attorney, according to the court clerk’s office.

Hoffman acknowledged in court that he made money by hosting underage drinking parties where he drank with participating teens and drove them home the next day. He said the participants sought him out and texts prove their intent to party, The Bellefontaine Examiner reported.

Logan County Prosecutor William Goslee said Wednesday that a grand jury in January will consider whether Hoffman should be charged in the death of 16-year-old Brandon Doseck, of Jackson Center.



Authorities say Doseck was shot Dec. 27 when he returned to the party after a dispute. Hoffman called 911 to report the shooting and told dispatchers Doseck had forced his way back in and tried to assault him, WCMH-TV in Columbus reported.

“He was trespassing on my grounds,” Hoffman told the judge Tuesday, according to the TV station.

Goslee said his office also expects to charge Hoffman in juvenile court with counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Information from: Bellefontaine Examiner, https://www.examiner.org

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