YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man with a history of violent crime convictions is on his way to prison again, this time for killing a man last February.
Earl Price was charged in the shooting death of DeJuan Thomas outside of the “Jazz Partners Lounge” on Youngstown’s South Side.
The incident happened after the two men had been in a brawl inside the bar, and Thomas left the building and then challenged Price to continue the fight outside. At the time, Thomas had been out of jail on a murder charge and was threatening to kill Price and shoot at his house.
Price told the court that the shooting was justified, as it was in self-defense.
“The amount of fear that I felt that day, I can’t even, I can’t even describe it,” he said. “That my family’s life is in danger from his man out on bond for murder.”
Thomas was set to appear at a pre-trial hearing Feb. 10 surrounding the 2012 shooting death of 16-year-old Kristopher Stewart. He was one of three men indicted in connection to the case.
But court records show that Price also has a history of violent crime — he was charged in 1992 with six counts of felonious assault and a charge of aggravated robbery, as well as a weapons charge. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison, which included three years on a firearms specification.
Although Judge Scott Krichbaum told Price surveillance video taken the night of the shooting at the bar supported Price’s claims, he could not take matters into his own hands.
The judge sentenced Price to 20 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and weapons charges.