Whitfield: I know they cannot forgive me


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A second suspect charged in connection to a shooting that left another man dead during the sale of a computer and game system, pleaded to reduced charges Tuesday.

Reginald Whitfield, 23, appeared in Mahoning County Court facing aggravated murder charges. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 27-year-old Michael Abighanem.

Abighanem was shot and killed in April 2012 when he went to a house on Youngstown’s West Side where Whitfield and another suspect, Kyle Patrick, 19, were allegedly going to buy a computer and game system.

Abighanem’s mother and aunt spoke during the court proceedings saying Abighanem was a “wonderful person and father.”

“No matter what sentence you give him, it will never be enough for him being in on murdering my son,” said Joann Mitzel. “His two children have to grow up without a father now. We don’t have him no more in our life.”

Whitfield apologized for his actions and said he hoped that one day Abighanem’s family will be able to forgive him.

“I understand where it is coming from that they’ll never be able to see their son, or the kids will never be able to see their dad again. I fully understand that,” said Whitfield. “I know right now it seems like they can’t forgive me, but I hope one day they can.”

Patrick pleaded guilty Monday to murder, aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence in connection to the case.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 10.

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